Learning the law

Learning the law

Team Patrick Henry that advanced past districts

Team Patrick Henry that advanced past districts

By Ryan McConnell
eSomethin Staff

Law, Order, and Justice.

These are the values taught at Court Explorers, better known at Mock Trial which includes about 20 PHS students.

“Ohio High School Mock Trial offers an innovative approach to learning about law and how our legal system functions,” according to the website for the Ohio Center for Law- Related Education.

Perrysburg Mock Trial has been going on for many years, and operates in teams.

“Mock trial allows students to prepare and express complex viewpoints,” said junior Will Robinson, a veteran Mock Trial student. “Watching how various members do this and hanging out with them during the process is really what makes mock trial fun.”

Former Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge Dwight Osterud works with the students.

One Perrysburg team, team Patrick Henry, won at district competition and is advancing to regional competition. They will be going against other teams that have advanced past districts, including teams from Sylvania Southview — a long-standing rival of the Perrysburg Mock Trial team.

If they succeed at regionals, they will advance to state competition, where they will duke it out with teams from all over Ohio.

When faced with the daunting task of competing with teams that have been doing this for decades, junior Meric Pope claims: “The rigorous task is eventually quite achievable when enough effort has been exerted.”

All in all, it will be a difficult battle, an educational experience, and something members of the Explorer Post will remember as an a significant part of their high school career.

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