DANVILLE — Danville High School this year will have two teams taking part in the State Mock Trial Competition. In a David and Goliath sort of scenario, Danville’s Green and Black teams, in regional competition Feb. 26, outperformed 14 teams from schools with graduating classes of at least 400 each. Along their way, they beat Canton McKinley’s Mock Trial team, bested two teams from Youngstown’s Hubbard High School and outperformed the Mock Trial team from Massillon’s Jackson High School.
Danville’s Green Team — Tabytha Arthur, Robin Alden, Evan Dusthimer, Michael Harris, Janelle Mickley and Brendan Urban — came in third in overall regional competition and four members earned special recognition. Arthur and Alden won Outstanding Attorney Awards and Harris and Urban won Outstanding Witness Awards.
Alden played the part of an attorney for the plaintiff and Arthur was a defense attorney. Harris, as the school principal, was a witness for the defense and Urban was an alternate witness for the defense.
One of Danville’s Team Black’s attorneys, Anna Lamb played the part of both the attorney for the plaintiff and attorney for the defense. In last Friday’s regional competition, she won the Outstanding Attorney Award twice — once in the morning for her role as defense attorney and once in the afternoon for her role as plaintiff attorney.
Lamb’s teammates include Katie Addair, Ryan Bell, Mariah Cline, Amanda Mickley, Molly Mickley, Keeley Young and Kristian Young.
On their way to the state contest, the Danville teams have successfully competed in, and won, four trials in district competition and four trials in regional competition.
Attorney Noel Alden is the legal advisor for the team. Advisor James Holmes is also assisted by volunteers Peggy Dunn and Dayne Baughman
The state competition will be held March 11 to 13, in the Franklin County court system in Columbus.