BUCKHANNON — Business Law and Ethics students at Buckhannon-Upshur High School found Snow White guilty during a mock trial, The Queen v. Snow White on Friday afternoon.
The class is taught by CTE teacher Christy Dean. “Business Law and Ethics is a new class I teach at school this year. This year, students have learned about court and legal systems, criminal law procedures, civil law procedures, and contract law,” Dean explained.
The purpose of the mock trial was to provide students the opportunity to apply what they have learned throughout this Project Based Learning (PBL) event. Dean noted that mock trials have been utilized in other content areas, such as English and History.
Students who participated in the mock trial were: Bryce Bowen, Rebel Bowman, Jared Brandish, Ashley Catlin, Clinton Crites, Brandon Eskew, Olivia Heron, Branson Lee, Joshua Nesbitt, Katie Pearson, Hank Phillips, Aden Pitts, Maggie Queen, Shawn Rowan, Caleb Sikarskie, Brayden Snyder, and Alayna Whitehair.
A key element to PBL functions, is that guests have the opportunity to be part of the learning experience, Dean explained. In this particular PBL, she noted that many school resources were utilized to enhance learning. Mr. Compton (Science Department), Mrs. Dawson (English), Mr. Revels (Math), Ms. Meese (Art), Mrs. Westfall (Library Media), and Ms. Rexroad (Technology) all played roles in the event. According to Dean, “Students were given the chance to work with real life situations and see the importance of teamwork.”
Hank Phillips, who was the Judge in the mock trial, stated, “The main priority from this is giving students more opportunity to learn about how our justice works and how, as students, we can look forward to having certain careers within the judicial system.” Phillips noted that he is an inspiring politician and he believes events like these are certainly beneficial to any students who have an interest in such fields.
Aden Pitts, who represented Snow White, explained, “I learned how to go through a court proceeding. It was a fun class and inspired some competition, even though it was scripted. It was enjoyable and everyone played their roles very well. I think everyone should at least try something like it once.”
At the conclusion of the mock trial, Snow White was found guilty by a jury and taken away. When discussing the purpose of the event, Dean noted, “Research, of course, is important. But also, for them to learn from things that they’re already aware of and apply it to real life in the court system. We’ve been learning about court decorum and I wanted them to be able to apply what they’ve learned—just taking a small project and putting it into full project-based learning.”