North Myrtle Beach High takes second in national Mock Trial competition

North Myrtle Beach High School was the runner-up in the National High School Mock Trial Competition held May 11 in Madison, Wis.

The team was eligible to compete nationally after winning its third state title at the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition in March.

Team members are Shannon Cherney, Madison Genevro, Ariyana Gore, Lukas Gschwandtner, Alexis Jones, Brandon Lynch, Kacey Markarian, Taylor Moon and Bailey Phillips. Teacher coaches are BJ DeCerbo and Amy Howe. Attorney coaches are Joshua Holford and Martin Spratlin.

Students presented the plaintiff and defendant sides of a fictitious case before a panel of local volunteer judges and lawyers. They also filled the roles of defendant, witnesses, bailiff and timekeepers. Each team was judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

“The students understand how much work it takes to win at the different levels of Mock Trial and don’t give up,” said BJ DeCerbo, the team’s lead teacher. “The majority of the team has been working almost year-round for the past six years to become this successful. … Mock Trial has helped shape our students into responsible, hard working young adults, and we are so proud of their efforts day in and day out.”

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or on Twitter @TSN_VGrooms.