On Friday, December 8, 2017, three Walton County High School Leadership classes participated in a Mock Trial at the Walton County Courthouse.  Freeport High, South Walton High and Walton High each had students who experienced the roles of Prosecuting Attorney, Defense Attorney, or Witness for the Mock Trial of Frances Mallory v. Taylor Smith.  Participants enlisted the assistance of local attorneys in our area in preparation for the Mock Trial.  Judge Kelvin Wells presided while four judges observed the proceedings.  The four judges were Dan Marcinkowski, retired lawyer; Bailey Rushing, Walton County Public Defender’s Office;  Matthew Richardson, Walton County State Attorney Office; and Cindy Anderson, Emerald Coast Technical College and former Paralegal. A special thank you is extended to each judge for their participation in this event. 

Walton High School won the overall school award after three rounds and received a trophy for their accomplishment.  Certificates were also awarded for Best Witness for the Defense, Best Witness for the Plaintiff, Best Prosecution Attorney, and Best Defense Attorney.  Those were awarded as follows:

Best Witness for the Defense:
William Huff (far left)
Kayla “Cheyenne” Cordle (third from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

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Best Witness for the Plaintiff:
Aniston Grabowski (third from left)
William “Billy” Hubbard (second from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

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Prosecution Attorney:
William Campbell (far left)
Jessie Messer (second from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

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Defense Attorney:
Krislynn McLaney (far left)
Sarah Jackson (third from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

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FHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Jamey Goddin (far right).

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SWHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Mandy Rodriguez (far right).

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WHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Kelley Stephenson (far right).

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Submitted by Donna Honish.