Holland Hall Upper School Wins State Mock Trial Championship
The Holland Hall Upper School Red Team proudly displays its first-place trophy after winning the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Championship on March 4, 2014.
Holland Hall Upper School Red Team defeated Clinton High School Gold Team in the final round of competition to claim the 2014 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Championship. The final round of competition was held Tuesday evening at the OU Law Center in Norman. The two teams argued a case that focused on a first-degree murder of a high school student by a classmate.
The Holland Hall Red Team will represent the state during the national competition to be held in Madison, Wis., in May.
Oklahoma Bar Association President Renée DeMoss of Tulsa said, “These students were obviously very prepared for this competition and will represent Oklahoma with confidence and poise at nationals. This program is important because it presents these students with an insider’s view of the workings of our legal system and increases public understanding of the functions of the third branch of government.”
This year’s winners of the best attorney awards were Jake Gile of Holland Hall Upper School and Jailene Canales of Clinton High School. Luke Gile of Holland Hall and Quinn Weedon of Clinton were chosen as the best witnesses.
The judges evaluated the students based on their familiarity of the case and the formulation of their arguments. Students received points for each phase of the trial, opening, direct and cross examination, closing argument and how well their witnesses responded. Teams are paired with volunteer attorney coaches. Holland Hall’s attorney coaches are Michon Hughes and Clint Hastings. The team is also coached by teacher Olivia Martin. Clinton’s team was coached by Judge Jill Weedon and teacher Kathy Kelley.
Holland Hall Red Team members are Dorothy Gray, Luke Gile, Jake Gile, Trey Henderson, Lauren Hughes, Griffon McMahon, Elliot McMahon, Michael Rose and Gobe Stoops. Clinton High School Gold Team members are Dayana Barrios, Jailene Canales, Korie Glancy, Shelby Hartness, Gerardo Marrufo, Connor Meacham, Damon Ray, Jacob Ventris and Quinn Weedon.
Out of the 40 teams across the state that began competing in January, the top finishers are, in second place: Clinton High School; third: Moore High School Varsity; fourth: Ada High School White Team; fifth: Jenks High School Senior Partners; sixth: Southmoore High School Varsity; seventh: Broken Arrow High School Black Team; and eighth: Okarche High School.
Presiding judge for the final round of the competition was Retired Judge Edward Cunningham. Scoring judges were Justice Noma Gurich, Judge Shon Erwin, Judge David Lewis, Judge Millie Otey and Judge Carl Funderburk.
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored and funded by the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. Nearly 400 judges and attorneys volunteered their time to work with mock trial teams as coaches and to conduct the competitions. Melissa Peros of Oklahoma City serves as YLD Mock Trial Committee chairperson.
The OBF bestows annual grants that advance the science of jurisprudence and promote the administration of justice throughout Oklahoma. Its mission is "Advancing education, citizenship and justice for all.” The 17,500-member OBA, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.