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Springfield students bring home awards from state Moot Court competition

Carter Mayhan, Veda Krumpe, Helena Buckman and Austin Tyree brought home awards from the competition. (Photo: Springfield schools, Background: MGN Online)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – A Moot Court team from Springfield High School took second place at the state competition at the Ohio Supreme Court the week of May 1.

Team Themis, which included sophomores Helena Buckman and Veda Krumpe, advanced to the final round, where they were judged by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat Fischer.

He described the team’s use of case law as “brilliant”, and their knowledge of the facts as “extraordinary”.

Team Themis also took home a second place award in the written competition for their Brief for the Petitioner, and Helena and Veda each received individual overall Outstanding Advocate awards.

Team Austin & Associated finished in the top 8 in the state, and consisted of sophomore Austin Tyree and freshman Carter Mayhan. They had advanced to the quarterfinal round. The team also finished second in the written competition for their Brief for the Respondent.

Moot Court is a written and oral advocacy competition that focus on the appellate court process. Students write about 18 pages of a legal brief where they advocate for their client’s position in an appeal to the supreme court. That is followed by a series of oral arguments before judges at the Ohio Supreme Court, where students must also have the answers for questions from the judges.

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