On Monday, April 10, 2017 in the Posey Circuit Court a jury composed of attorneys from the Posey County Bar Association decided, that is declared, whether North Posey High School or Mt. Vernon High School or neither of them won the exclusive right to name the newly discovered planets of the dwarf star named Trappist-1. The Mock Trial was the centerpiece of the annual Posey County Law Day celebration during which America contrasts the role law plays in protecting our rights with systems where individual liberties are not paramount.
North Posey (A.K.A. Muhammad High School) student attorneys Zack Goebel and Veronica Inkenbrandt pitted themselves against Mt. Vernon (A.K.A. Peacock Throne High School) student lawyers Shane Vantlin and Ashley Ford. The case began when both fictional schools individually claimed to have developed a fund raising plan based on auctioning off the rights to name the seven newly found planets of Trappist-1, which are only 235 trillion miles from Earth. Each school claimed it thought of the scheme first but that the other high school purloined the plan.
Mr. Mike Kuhn and Ms. Michele Parrish are the advisors to the North Posey students who include the following participants and their roles as members of the two fictional private schools in Posey County, Indiana:
Hannah Braun – Sarah Jones, School Board President of Muhammad High School;
Ryan Daughtery – Jaime David, Edward Jones advisor;
Isaac Mayer – Akmed Barnes, Muhammad High School senior;
Josh Wiggins – Walter Cronkite, Science Reporter;
Lexi Fifer – Hagar Shunley, junior at Muhammad High School;
Jade Hill and Ethan Morlock, Alternates.
Mt. Vernon’s advisors are Ms. Lucy Steinhart and Mr. Tim Alcorn. Their students are:
Austin Bethel – Ibrehim Smith, School Board President of Peacock Throne High School;
Whitney Schaefer – Baretta Fife, Internal Revenue Agent;
Adam Duckworth – Julian Assange, Hacker;
Corinna Lambright – Rasheema Ellis, Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor;
Wade Ripple – Abdul Parker; senior at Peacock Throne High School; and,
If you want to know how the students and the Posey County Bar Association celebrated the Rule of Law over military might, you are welcome to tune in here next week.