Portsmouth High School will send two teams to the state mock trial competition after winning at the Ohio High School Mock Trial Regional Competition on Feb. 24 at the Scioto County Common Pleas and Municipal Courthouses. This year’s case involved the violation of Fourth Amendment rights in the hearing of the State of Ohio vs. Storm Jackson.
Portsmouth Team Blue — consisting of seniors Brittney Scholl, Jori Williams, Klaire Smith and Kari Bentley, sophomores Ali Miller and Katie Wells, and freshman Micah Williams — defeated Logan Elm and Eastern; and Portsmouth Team Red — consisting of juniors Pajah Williams and Velsha West, freshmen Brandon Jones, Madeline Clayton, Molly Kammler, Tanaia Underwood, Jada Jenkins, Allison Raies and Alexis Tucker — defeated Ironton St. Joe and Lancaster. Both teams will compete in the state competition in Columbus on March 8-10. The teams are coached by teacher advisers Amy Keating and Tracy Campbell and legal advisers the Honorable Jay S. Willis, Magistrate Margaret Apel Miller, Robert R. Miller, Esq., and George L. Davis IV, Esq.
Winning “Best” awards for Portsmouth were Ali Miller, “Best Attorney” in trials one and two, Brittney Scholl, “Best Witness” in trial two, Madeline Clayton, “Best Attorney” in trial one, Velsha West, “Best Attorney” in trial two and Klaire Smith, “Best Witness” in trial one.
Also competing in the state competition from the Scioto County regional are the teams of Georgetown and Warren. The Ohio mock trial program began in 1983-84 with 28 teams competing statewide. This year, about 350 teams from 150 high schools, involving more than 3,500 students, competed in the district competitions. It is the second largest high school mock trial program in the country.