For the second straight year, a Gaston County team of students won the N.C. Teen Court Summit competition.
Nine teams participated from across the state in the event, at Carolina Beach. Each team was given the same case scenario. By random drawing, each defense team and clerk competed with another prosecuting team and bailiff; a presiding judge and a panel of “jurors” heard the case. The panel was generally made up of practicing attorneys.
The team consisted of Gaston Day School junior Steven Allen, second chair prosecutor; Forestview High senior Jared Lowe, first chair prosecutor; East Gaston High freshman Christian Morris, defendant; Highland School of Technology senior Steven Morris, first chair defense; Piedmont Charter School eighth-grader Frances Quinn, clerk; Forestview High senior Alex Szucs, second chair defense; and Bessemer City High senior Dakota Whisnant, bailiff.
The Teen Court program targets first-time offenders on misdemeanor charges, with cases heard by a jury of their peers. The program allows students to be held accountable for their actions while freeing district and juvenile court time for more serious cases.
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