Students of Windham High School have begun organizing a mock trial team that will compete in the Maine Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial program. There will 24 high schools competing in the annual competition. This is the first year that WHS is participating. Teams prepare during the months of September and October, the actual trial competitions are on November 2.
This year’s case is the State of Maine v. Terry Jackson. Although a fictitious case, it does represent a present and real problem of today’s youth. Terry Jackson is on trial for manslaughter. He is accused of texting while driving, causing an accident that resulted in the death of Jane Anderson who was riding in his vehicle.
Holly Wilson, teacher of “Street Law”, at WHS chose to invite the students to participate. David Ezhaya, retired teacher, is helping, along with the lawyer-coach Peter Felmly, an attorney at Drummond Woodsum.
Felmly traveled to Windham High School to meet with the team on Tuesday. The Legal Eagles are made of the following seniors: Garrick Rogers, Mark Hopkins, Liam Sullivan, James Wynn, Edward Babbitt, Jacob Cross, Scott Gorman, Brad Saucier, Michael McIntire, Carl Berthiaume, Nicholas Cerino. Juniors: Olivia Gilvey, Philip Dow, Mya Burrage, and David Kaschub. Sophomores: Kyle Cidre, and Isiah Flaherty.