Three Horry County high schools to compete for state Mock Trial title

vgrooms@thesunnews.comMarch 3, 2014 

Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach High School and North Myrtle Beach High School teams will compete in the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition Friday and Saturday at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia.

The teams are:

•  Socastee | Katie Edmonds, Calie Glasgow, Morgan Emily Godfrey, De Anna Mason, Michael Riga, Allie Sarvis, Lauren Stevens, Juliana Thinnes, Kenneth Turrentine and Cinthia Zavala; teacher coach Kimber Shelley; attorney coach Lawrence Bradley Smith.

•  Myrtle Beach | Taryn Bates, Thomas Gore, Noah Hellaby, Kat Hernandez, Grace Jones, Joanne Melenik, Blake Parker, Zach Pieterse, Danielle Sessions, Angela Vlandis, Shevaughn Whyte, Bobby Wilfong, Sydney Wilfong and Emily Woods; teacher coach Melissa Buckner; attorney coaches Carlyle Cromer, Lee Ann Wooten Rice and Michael Julius Schwartz.

•  North Myrtle Beach | Shannon Cherney, Madison Genevro, Ariyana Gore, Lukas Gschwandtner, Alexis Jones, Brandon Lynch, Kacey Markarian, Taylor Moon and Bailey Phillips; teacher coaches B.J. DeCerbo and Amy Howe; attorney coaches Joshua David Holford and Martin Spratlin.

Students will present the plaintiff and defendant sides of a fictitious case before a panel of local volunteer judges and lawyers, and students also will appear as defendants, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers. Teams will be judged on presentation skills and not the legal merits of the case.

This year’s fictitious civil case is the Estate of Jordan Simon v. Terry Swift and Hilliard Academy. Jordan Simon, a senior track star at Hilliard Academy, died of a heart attack caused by steroid use. His mother, Kelly Simon, is suing Hilliard Academy and Coach Terry Swift for negligence in Jordan’s death. Hilliard Academy and Swift deny these claims and are arguing Kelly Simon was comparatively negligent in not discovering Jordan’s steroid use.

For more information about Mock Trial, sponsored by the S.C. Bar’s Law Related Education Division, go to

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