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01/25/2017

Students from Lake, Jackson, Hoover, Perry and Manchester high schools competed Friday in the annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.

CANTON Local high school students participated Friday in the district round of the annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.

Advancing to the regional competition were Hoover Team Black, Lake Team Blue and Perry High School. Also participating were students from Jackson and Manchester high schools.

Stark was among several counties hosting district mock trial competitions. Others included Butler, Cuyahoga, Columbiana, Franklin, Hamilton, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Richland, Summit, Tuscarawas and Washington counties.

Local judges participated, including Chryssa Hartnett and Taryn Heath of Stark County Common Pleas Court and John Poulos and Curt Werren of Canton Municipal Court. Others included Robert Lavery, a retired Alliance Municipal Court judge, and Jeremy Foltz and Derek McClowry, both magistrates in Canton Municipal Court.

More than 3,000 high school students competed across the state Friday in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education's 34th Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.

Students considered a defamation case involving a public official and a news station. Each mock trial team included five to 11 students who assumed the roles of witnesses and attorneys.

Legal professionals served as volunteer judges, competition coordinators and team advisers.

The regional competition is Feb. 10. Regional winners will compete in the state competition March 9-11 in Columbus. The 2017 state champion will represent Ohio at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Connecticut May 11-13.

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