Two Kecoughtan High School students selected to participate in the Model Judiciary VA Supreme Court
Gabriel Edwards and Claire Nelson of Kecoughtan High School (KHS) have been selected to argue an appeal before the Virginia Supreme Court as part of the Model Judiciary program.
Only 16 students statewide are chosen to advance to argue before the Supreme Court. Nelson was selected last year, marking only the second time a KHS student has been selected for this honor twice.
Members of the Kecoughtan Youth-In-Government (YIG) club annually participate in the Model Judiciary Program (MJP), where they are given the parameters of a case and take on all of the roles in a trial – lawyers, witnesses, jurors, and court officials – with the exception of the judge.
Edwards and Nelson worked with a local attorney to develop their arguments and learned how to properly present the argument to the panel of Supreme Court justices on April 26, in Richmond. They had a combined 10 minutes to argue their appeal. The justices decided whom had the best argument among the 16 (8 pairs) students selected statewide.
Mark Mingee, teacher and sponsor of YIG, said, “I am very proud of Claire and Gabriel and their work to advance to the Supreme Court level of the Model Judiciary program. They have proven themselves to be very intelligent, hard-working, intuitive, and disciplined in their work with the cases they study and the arguments they prepare. Claire and Gabriel were excellent representatives of Kecoughtan and all of Hampton City Schools when they made their final arguments in front of the state Supreme Court justices. I trust they will continue to use the same skills as members of the Kecoughtan Youth-in-Government club in the 2017-18 school year.”
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