One of two Orange High School Mock Trial teams reached the final four of the state competition. Orange in Pepper Pike began the season with 10 teams and nearly 80 students. Because of the virtual competition, each school was only permitted to send three teams to the district competition.
All three teams – Deadpool, Hulk and Thor – named after Marvel characters – moved on to the regional contest, with teams Deadpool and Thor representing two of 19 teams across Ohio invited to compete at the state level. More than 300 teams began statewide and the two Orange teams were only knocked out of the competition by the two teams that faced each other in the final championship competition.
Team Deadpool, which made it to the top four, included Aidan Stearns, Mia Peterman, Allie Ahn, Rose Martyn, Kate Halloran, Nora Igelnik, Chloe Haddon, Peyton Weiss and adviser Scott Heasley. State level individual award winners included Chloe Haddon, Mia Peterman and Abigail Thompson, who all received best attorney accolades. Nora Igelnik, Elana Rubanenko, Jaden Polster and Rose Martyn won best witness awards with two awards presented to Martyn.
Team advisers were David Chordas, Jessica Fairchild, Dena McSweeney and Megan Petronsky. Legal advisers included Aleks Chojnacki, Scott Heasley, Chuck Jarrett, Jeffrey Leikin, Jeff Saks and Jeff Ubersax.
The Ohio Mock Trial program challenges students to learn about the intricacies of the criminal justice system and teaches them to study and question the practices of the American justice system to gain an understanding of how it operates. This marks more than 12 years that Orange schools teams have made it to the State competition.