Yulee, FL – March 14, 2011 – The Eighth Annual Fourth Judicial Circuit Mock Trial Competition was held on February 25th in Clay County. Nassau County Teen Court students competed against teams from Duval, Clay, and Flagler counties. Sixty students filled the roles in four court rooms and acted as attorneys, witnesses, and court officers for the daylong event.
Fourteen Nassau students from area schools comprised a formidable team of attorneys and witnesses. Nassau County team members were:
Prosecuting Attorneys: Amanda Middleton, Emma Priest, Savanna Edwards
Defense Attorneys: Zoe Stein, Megan Gelement, Griffin Young
Prosecution Witnesses: Ali Elwell, Kadishja Jackson, Kyle Gelement, and Jasmine Duke
Defense Witnesses: Daniel Hickey, Shelbie Miller, Noah Bogosh, and Meranda Berke
The Presiding Judges were: The Honorable Robert M. Foster, The Honorable Brian J. Davis, The Honorable Roberto Arias, and The Honorable Angela Cox.
Scoring Judges from Nassau County were: Wesley White, Director, Nassau County State Attorney’s Office; Ross Germano, Esq.; and Shannon Shaw, Esq.
Team Coaches were: The Honorable Robert E. Williams; Laura Coggin, Nassau County State Attorney’s Office; Chris Clayton, Nassau County Public Defender’s Office; Harrison Poole, Esq.; John J. Cascone, Esq.; and Charles H. Griffin, Nassau County Teen Court Coordinator.
Nassau County received the following team awards:
Best Prosecution Team
2nd Place for Best Overall Team
Nassau County students received the following individual awards:
Megan Gelement – 4th Place Defense Attorney Award
Ali Elwell – Best Overall Witness Award and 1st Place Prosecution Witness Award
Kadishja Jackson – 2nd Place Prosecution Witness
Kyle Gelement – 3rd Place Prosecution Witness
Jasmine Duke – 4th Place Prosecution Witness
We are very proud of each student for outstanding participation and representation of Nassau County.