Marathon High Mock Trial team lays down the law

skinney@keynoter.comFebruary 26, 2014 

The Marathon High School Mock Trial team will travel to Orlando looking for a state title. With schools Superintendent Mark Porter and attorney Patrick Stevens are (from left) Brittney Cunningham, Mackenzie Helms, Rebekah Smith, Liam Griffin, Melanie Omelas, Hannah Gracy, John Galjanic and faculty sponsor Elizabeth Bayerl.

MARATHON HIGH SCHOOL

Hot off a win against its Coral Shores High School counterpart, the Marathon High School Mock Trial team is preparing for its first trip to the state competition in the program's three-year history.

Elizabeth Bayrel, an economics and human geography teacher, said it's an "exciting time" for the seven-member team.

It travels to Orlando and the Orange County Courthouse to compete against 16 other high school teams from around Florida March 6 through 9 for four rounds of competition.

Bayrel described the mock case as "based on doctored material from actual cases. This was a first-degree felony case on trafficking in Oxycodone," with 248 pills found in a student's vehicle.

"You have to prepare both sides of the case and then right before you present, you have to draw straws and decide on whether you're going to be defense or prosecution," she said.

Bayerl said the team, led by captain John Galjanic and legal advisor Patrick Stevens, beat Coral Shores Feb. 10 with a prosecution "performance" at the Plantation Key Courthouse.

The statewide competition is put on by the Florida Law Related Education Association Inc., based in Tallahassee.

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