Back L to R: Chase Fleece, Tiffany Geberin, Josh Freshcorn, Brittany Archer.
Front L to R: Colton Worthington, Alex Haushalter, Abigail Saylor
Not shown -- KHS Senior Andrew Kinter
On January 20th, Kenton High School's Mock Trial Team joined more than 3,000 other Ohio high school students, by entering courtrooms across the state to take part in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s (OCLRE) 34th Annual Ohio Mock Trial's District Competition.
Kenton High School's Mock Trial team is named: "Operation 8" with eight KHS students playing the following roles: Brittany Archer portraying Plaintiff's Expert Witness; Chase Fleece as Plaintiff's Attorney, Josh Freshcorn as Plaintiff, Tiffany Geberin as Plaintiff's Attorney, Alex Haushalter as Defense Attorney, Andrew Kinter as Defense Attorney, Abigail Saylor as Defense Expert Witness and Colt Worthington as key Defense Witness.
Operation 8 competed at the Findlay Municipal Court and faced teams from Celina High School and Sidney High School. Attorney and KHS alumnus Patrick Potts of Roof Law Office in Kenton serves as the team's legal advisor along with Christina Cross, KHS Mock Trial teacher who is also a local practicing business lawyer and owner of Cross Law Firm.
Mock Trial students argued a defamation case involving a public official and a news station. In the fictitious case, called Pat Justice v. CAT News et al., Governor Pat Justice speaks at a high school assembly. Afterward, he meets with the principal, and an argument ensues. Governor Justice leaves abruptly, and the principal is found dead from a brain aneurysm. A student who overheard the argument reports to a local news outlet that Governor Justice killed the principal. While the student’s account is quickly disproven, the story goes viral. The governor loses a bid for re-election and files civil suit against the news station, alleging defamation.
Although Operation 8 finished in second place in the competition, KHS Junior Alex Haushalter was awarded with OCLRE's "Outstanding Attorney Award." Mrs. Cross stated that, "Operation 8 represented KHS well at the competition, and I am very proud of their hard work. They demonstrated proper court etiquette and were extremely civil to the opposing teams at all times, which I think is probably the most important lesson of all."