Perry Mock Trial Advances to Regional Contest
Article by: Joe Pohl
Perry High School is pleased to announce that they have revived their Mock Trial team after being dormant for several years. This year’s team, Novus, participated in the Ohio Mock Trial District Competition on Friday, January 26th at the Painesville Common Pleas Courthouse.
The team members, Annie Altizer, Stephen Bastian, Kendra Brown, Juilia DiBease, Mark Mihalik, Jory Panza, Kionna Pierce, and Mandy Schueren participated in two trials and won both, playing both the defense and prosecution. Kendra Brown won Best Attorney in both trials. Students participated in the newly formed Mock Trial class during the school’s first semester, learning about our legal system and studying the case for this year’s competition.
The competition is sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE). More than 3,000 students statewide participated in the competition which is the 35th year for OCLRE’s Mock Trial program. Perry High School Media Specialist, Jodi Rzeszotarski is the team’s coach, along with being the instructor for the Mock Trial class. James Kline, an attorney and Perry parent, offered his expertise and considerable time as the Attorney Coach.
“The team has worked very hard since the New Year, meeting after school and on weekends to prepare for the competition,” Rzeszotarski said of her team’s success. “They are very motivated and help each other with the roles they play in the trial. We are excited for the next competition.”
The Perry team will compete in the Regional Competition at the Lake County Court House in Painesville, on February 16th, along with teams from Andrews Osborne Academy, Lake Catholic High School, Mentor High School, and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School.