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Rainbow Schools awards gold at 2016 Mock Trial competition

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Lockerby Composite School captured top honors at the 2016 Mock Trial Competition on Jan. 11, winning the coveted Hennessy Cup. From left are Chandra Paquette, Sarah Bertrand, Abigail White, Madison Kvaltin, Holly Gran and Camila Figueroa.

 

Rainbow secondary school students showcased their analytical and critical thinking skills at the 16th annual Mock Trial Competition where they garnered both gold and silver medals and captured a number of individual awards. The Mock Trial Competition was held on Jan. 11 at the Sudbury Court House.

 

Close to 65 students in Grade 12 from Rainbow District School Board, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario donned legal gowns to prosecute and defend the case of an aspiring Olympic curler for the second-degree murder of his partner.

 

The Hennessy Cup was awarded to a team from Lockerby Composite School, including Chandra Paquette, Sarah Bertrand, Abigail White, Madison Kvaltin, Holly Gran and Camila Figueroa. The team was guided by the legal expertise of Zachary Courtemanche of Weaver, Simmons LLP, Michael Macnamara of Conroy Trebb Scott Hurtubise LLP, Lindsey Santerre of Robert Beckett Law and teacher Janet Laliberte.

 

Silver medals were presented to students from Lasalle Secondary School, including Spencer Allen, Laura Cummings, Greg Elve, Austin Freeland, Brendan Ketchen, Jakob Lebel, Patrick Nelson, Chanelle Trottier, Matthew Tuttle and Rebekah Zinger. The team was guided by the legal expertise of Dhiren Chohan, Jordan Duplessis and Renee Gregor of Weaver, Simmons LLP and teacher Corinne Yantha.

 

The Hennessy Cup is part of the OJEN/OBA Competitive Mock Trials, a provincial program of the Ontario Bar Association and the Ontario Justice Education Network. The OBA and OJEN support mock trial competitions like the Hennessy Cup throughout the province. The teams that competed in Sudbury use the same case scenario and format as about 100 teams throughout Ontario.

 

Other awards that were presented included:

 

Miller Maki LLP Best Witness Award

Tie between Kailey Walker, Confederation Secondary School and Julia Jenkins, St. Charles College

Coaches: Confederation Secondary School coaches include Kevin Ludgate and Jenna Dafoe (Crown Attorney’s Office). St. Charles College coaches include Adam Kosnick, Meaghan Boisvert, and Rebecca Ducharme (Miller Maki LLP).

Award Presenter: Lucille Shaw (Miller Maki LLP)

 

Lacroix, Forest LLP Best Advocate Crown Award

Abigail White, Lockerby Composite School

Coaches: Lindsey Santerre (Robert Beckett Law), Michael Macnamara (Conroy Trebb Scott Hurtubise LLP) and Zachary Courtemanche (Weaver, Simmons LLP).

Award Presenter: Lea Britt (Lacroix, Forest LLP)

 

Weaver Simmons LLP Best Advocate Defence Award

Brendan Costello, Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School

Coaches: Danielle Vincent (Michel & Vincent Law Barristers & Solicitors), Heather Salter and Renee Fuchs (Legal Aid Ontario).

Award Presenter: Jordan Duplessis (Weaver, Simmons LLP)

 

Edward J. Conroy Q.C. Team Civility Award

Sudbury Secondary School

Coaches: Alexandre Caza, Gary Marcuccio and Dave Braumberger (Miller Maki LLP).

Award Presenter: Mathieu Ansell (Conroy Trebb Scott Hurtubise LLP)

 

The Mock Trial Competition is well established within the Grade 12 Law curriculum, and, earlier in the school year, a team of Rainbow District School Board teachers worked to ensure the experiential learning opportunity aligned with the new curriculum in senior law. In addition to meeting curriculum expectations, mock trials develop other skills in students, including public speaking, teamwork, presentation, preparation and critical thinking skills.

 

“The students are faced with the difficult task of proving a criminal offence beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Madame Justice Patricia C. Hennessy. “To succeed, they must understand how to best present the evidence and to argue their positions.”

 

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