The Ada News
Ada High School’s Maroon Team was defeated by Clinton High School’s Gold Team to finish as runner up in the finals of the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Championship.
Oklahoma Bar Association President Cathy Christensen of Oklahoma City said, “The Ada High School team did an excellent job against a tough opponent. Reaching the finals is quite an achievement and reflects the hard work of the students and their coaches.”
The final round of competition was held Tuesday evening in the Bell Courtroom at the OU Law Center in Norman. The two teams argued a case that focused on the criminal prosecution of a fallen U.S. service member's spouse accused of arson and murder.
This year’s winners of the best attorney awards were Jasmine Bayatfar of Ada High School and Chase Maxwell of Clinton High School. Samuel McCann of Ada and Donticia Banks of Clinton were chosen as the best witnesses.
The judges evaluated the students based on their familiarity of the case and the formulation of their arguments. Students received points for each phase of the trial, opening, direct and cross examination, closing argument and how well their witnesses responded. Teams are paired with volunteer attorney coaches.
Ada’s Maroon Team is coached by teacher Angie Dean and attorney Frank Stout. Team members are Jasmine Bayatfar, Haley Dean, T.J. Freeman, Charlie Gibson, Kaitlyn Kaiser, Bryan Kingery, Samuel McCann, Phillip Newcomer and John Stout.