Members of the OLSH Mock Trial team were excited to participate in their first match of the season on Tuesday evening against Chartiers Valley. Their imitation trial took place at the Allegheny County Courthouse.
Students took turns conducting direct and cross examinations, making opening and closing statements, and acting as witnesses throughout the trial. Evie Minzer won best advocate for the OLSH team, and Lily Hunter won best witness—both girls’ accolades were appointed by Chartiers Valley.
“We did really great,” said team moderator Judge Bill Stickman IV ’98. “They would have been good by ‘real lawyer’ standards, let alone for high school students. I’m very proud of them.” Judge Stickman meets with the team after school every Tuesday to practice. They put a lot of their own hard work into preparing for trial, and seem very comfortable in the courtroom. While the team lost the match overall, it was a very close call, with all three judges just barely giving the edge to the opponent.
Next Thursday, it will be the prosecution side's turn to present.