The case explores a lobster boat owner's lawsuit against a defendant who is accused of sinking the plaintiff's boat – this after a hole in the boat's hull was determined to be the same size of a drill bit found in the defendant's nearby truck.
Sound confusing? Not for a group of Columbia area middle school students.
Teams from Dent Middle School, Hand Middle School, and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School have advanced to the SC Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition Dec. 5-6 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center in Lexington.
The students will present the prosecution’s and defendant’s sides of the fictitious criminal case ‑ State of New Harmony verses Charlie Spencer ‑ before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges. They also will assume the roles of defendant, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers. The teams will be judged on their presentation skills rather than the legal merits of the case.
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the SC Bar’s Law Related Education Division, which was developed in 1976 to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education.
This is the 11th year of the competition. To read more information about the case or about the Middle School Mock Trial Program, visit scbar.org/lre.
Lexington 1 school wins activity challenge
Midway Elementary School recently won the $25,000 grand prize in the SPARK 25-Day Physical Activity Challenge.
The nationwide challenge required students to take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each school day for a month. Students used pledge forms to track their daily progress and Midway teachers and parents shared physical fitness activity ideas on the school’s social media sites.
Physical Education Teacher Laura Gates led the month-long challenge for the students at the Lexington 1 school.
“We are very proud of Mrs. Gates and celebrate that her investment of effort and time on behalf of our students is being rewarded with this national honor,” said Midway Elementary principal, Jan Fickling. “She collaborated with students, teachers and volunteers to improve our physical fitness program while increasing movement during the school day.”
The $25,000 grand prize includes SPARK curriculum, training and equipment.