Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s mock trial team took first place for the second year in a row at the 6th District Municipal Competition Feb. 8.
The first place trophy was presented to team co-captains Isaac Latman and John Russell, and team members Jeremy Mauldin, Antwuan Sparks, Nathan Martinez, Heaven Hurey, Nala King, Alice Abegunde, Fatima Hernandez, and Ahnaieh Bymun. The team coaches are H-F teacher Libby Day and attorney Colleen Gorman, an H-F alumna.
Latman also won the Most Outstanding Witness honor.
Mock trial competition was first organized in 2009. It allows students to argue a case in court. The students prepare arguments for both the prosecution and the defense. Coach Day said this year’s issue dealt with the dangers of texting and driving and had students consider a violation of Scott’s Law, a state law requiring drivers to reduce speed and switch lanes to give first-responders on the side of the road more space when their hazard lights are flashing.
The facts of the case were: In March 2019 four teenagers left a party where some had been drinking. Suddenly the driver lost control of the car and drove off of the side of the road, striking a tow truck that was parked on the right side of the road with its amber lights flashing while assisting a stalled car. The tow truck operator was injured and brought suit against the teen driver for driving negligently while texting, speeding and possibly being under the influence of alcohol.
H-F was one of nine area schools in the competition at the Cook County Circuit Court’s 6th District in Markham. The team will compete in 10 competitions this season, culminating with a state championship round in Champaign, Illinois, March 14 and 15.