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Mock Trial Team Advances to Regionals

Posted on: January 24, 2017
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Mock Trial Regional Qualifiers

Milford High School sent two teams to the Mock Trial district competition on Friday, January 20.  One of the teams has advanced to regional competition on February 10, in the Clermont County courthouse!

The following team of Milford seniors will be advancing in the competition. They are: Lili Turner, Sarah Renaker, Eric Hughett, Sarah Pierce, Grace Miller, and Riley Ferrara

To advance to the regionals, teams had to win both their morning and afternoon trials. Milford’s senior team won both trials, and finished third in the overall competition!

Milford’s second team also had a great showing at districts. The team, composed of juniors and two seniors, includes: Leah Breuer, Olivia Ruhlman, Grace Ruhlman, Ben Harris, Myriam Wane, Owen Stephens, and Madie Friedland.

The following team members received individual awards in their trials:

Grace Ruhlman- Best witness

Eric Hughett- Best witness

Leah Breuer- Best witness

Madie Friedland- Best attorney

Lili Turner- best attorney


Social studies teachers, Gaby Downey and Anna O’Neil, are the team advisors and Melissa Marcin, Esq. is the legal advisor.

“Melissa Marcin is wonderful. She puts in a lot of volunteer hours to help train the kids and make them successful,” said Anna O’Neil.

In the Ohio high school mock trial competition, students assume the roles of witnesses and attorneys to present both sides of a case. Local judges and attorneys volunteer their time and expertise to preside over and score the mock trials.

The Ohio High School Mock Trial Program is Ohio’s largest high school academic competition and is among the largest high school mock trial programs in the nation. More than 375 teams compete in Ohio. This year the case is a civil case about the defamation of a governor by a local TV station and their high school intern.

Photo: (L-R) Tanner O'Neill, Sarah Pierce, Abigail Toadvine (timekeeper), Riley Ferrara, Grace Miller, Lili Turner, Eric Hughett and Sarah Renaker