Mock Trial Team advances to the state competition

On Saturday, January 26, the St. Patrick Mock Trial Team competed in the Gulfport Regional Mock Trial Competition. This year’s case is centered around two very talented baseball players on opposing teams, Jackie Mitchell and Brett Robinson.

At a semifinal baseball game, Brett Robinson threw a ball at the back of Jackie Mitchell’s as he was rounding third base. Jackie was subsequently knocked unconscious and has suffered numerous physical and mental problems because of the incident. Jackie Mitchell is suing Brett Robinson over liability for his injuries.

In round one of the competition, Stephen Azar won the Most Effective Attorney award and Hayden Miller won the Most Effective Witness award. In round two of the competition, Stephen Azar won the most Effective Attorney award and Max Grill won the Most Effective Witness award.

The team, consisting of Stephen Azar, Cole Reeves, Hayden Miller, Christina Parry, Max Grill, Jasmine Stawarski, Sawyer Stone, and Amelie Million is coached by Judge Jennifer Schloegel, Mr. Jim Reeves, Mr. Orin Eleuterius, Mrs. Caroline Hommell, and Mr. Aaron Hommell. The team advanced to the statewide competition and will compete in Jackson on March 1 and 2.

Stephen Azar, a fourth-year attorney for the Mock Trial Team, who recently completed his twentieth round, said, “It was a great performance from the whole team. I’m excited to go to state.”

Story by Hayden Miller