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Southview's Mock Trial team crowned world champions

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The mock trial team meeting with Sylvania Municipal Court Judge Scott Ramey.

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Southview High School's Mock Trial team has been handed the title of world champion, after beating out 40 other teams from five different countries at the Empire City Invitational world tournament this weekend. 

Eight Southview students competed in the three-day tournament in New York City. Their winning court trial involved a reckless driving criminal case titled, “It Could Happen to Anyone”.

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The team was in 35th place before the final championship round, but kicked it in "high gear" to beat 10 current state champions, 12 former state champs, and four international champions competing in the Empire tournament, said Southview spokesman Nancy Crandell. 

Team members were Eric Zhu, Shaleen Goel, Katherine Ellis, Sevil Clifford, Catherine Dong, Lilly Yan, Nikila Luke and Zachary Poczekaj.

This is the third time in the last 20 years that Southview’s mock trial teams have made it to the elite tournament. Two years ago, the team finished in ninth place.

To prepare, the team worked with Sgt. Justin Music of the Sylvania City Police, Sylvania Municipal Court Judge Scott Ramey, and the Lucas County Coroner’s Office to learn different aspects of their theme that centered around a drunken driving criminal case. The Sylvania Community Action Team provided money to help get the team to New York for the tournament.

For additional information on the tournament, go to empiremocktrial.org/site/.

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