Seven Miami High School students went to the Mock Trial competition in Florence last week and, despite being the smallest team, won their case and took second place in the overall tournament.
Team members are Maria Cook, Ownsby, Leigha Hailey, Onalysia Talamantes, Cassandra Cummings, Madison Palmer and James Horner. Miami High School junior, Audrey Ownsby, won best direct examination. Teacher Dee Dee Palmer coaches the Miami Mock Trial team.
Mock Trial is a team competition where students are given a legal case to prosecute or defend. Students decide what questions to ask and what strategy to use, write and make their own opening and closing statements, and perform all the parts of witnesses and attorneys.
Miami this year prosecuted a mock murder case, in which a mother was accused of having murdered her own child 18 years earlier.
Miami’s Mock Trial team routinely performs well at the annual competition, going up against against the largest high schools in the state, many of which have lawyers as coaches.
The Miami High team took second at the Mock Trial competition in Florence. Featured in the photo (l-r): Onalysia Talamantes, Maria Cook, Cassandra Cummings, Audrey Ownsby, Madison Palmer, Leigha Hailey and James Horner.