On Jan. 18, The Summit Country Day School sent two teams to the Ohio High School Mock Trial competition. Competing in the Hamilton District, which was made up of 40 teams from 17 schools, The Summit was in the largest of the 27 district competitions.
This year, The Summit overruled its competition with the “blue” team winning both rounds and advancing to the regional competition on Feb. 15. This is the 13th time in 14 years that The Summit has had a team advance to regionals.
Other victories include the Outstanding Attorney Award in all four trials and an Outstanding Witness Award.
The “blue” team consisted of senior Aaron Bialon, Maineville; senior Annie DeRoussel, Mason; junior Pierce Kreider, East Walnut Hills; senior Alexandra Ragland, Hyde Park; senior Catherine Alway, Hyde Park; senior Caitlin Barnes, Hyde Park; Lilly Gieseke, Hyde Park; and sophomore Avery McEachern, Newtown.
Aaron, Pierce and juniors Maliah Bricking, Sharonville, and William Fassler, Hyde Park, won the Outstanding Attorney Awards. Catherine won the Outstanding Witness Award for her work in the blue team’s second trial.
The Summit’s “silver” team consisted of Maliah, William, freshman Jimmy Fraley, Covington, Ky.; freshman Bridget Baker, Clermont County’s Union Township; sophomore Erin Devine, Indian Hill; sophomore Keene Kreider, East Walnut Hills; and freshman Tony Zhang, Maineville.
This year’s case focused on Fourth Amendment protection from unlawful search and seizure. In round one, Summit had to argue for the state. In round two, Summit had to argue the other side.
Brianna Carden '11, a clerk for the Honorable Dwane Mallory, assisted in coaching The Summit’s blue team. Justin Wayne, a third-year student in Northern Kentucky’s Chase School of Law, assisted this year’s silver team.
Rathbone Group, LLC’s Rebecca Wright coaches both teams. Ms. Wright has worked with the Mock Trial program for almost a decade. Upper School Social Studies teacher Kelly Cronin is the moderator of The Summit’s mock trial program.
This is Summit’s 18th year in the competition.