Miami Lakes K-8 Center students make Top 10 at mock trial competition

Education By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Thursday, June 16, 2022

Students from the Miami Lakes K-8 Center’s Law Studies program can be proud of how they ended their school year.  The team placed 6th in the state among 70 schools that participated in the Florida Mock Trial Competition held in the spring at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Competitors submitted video entries and the winners were announced via Zoom. Led by teacher Jennifer Simeon, the students argued both sides of a criminal case and also played the roles of attorneys and witnesses. The school celebrated their success and placing in the Top 10 for the third time. 

Top row from left: Dayanara Menendez; Alexa Pla; Jillian DiBenedetto; Kaitlyn Carballo; Teacher and coach Jennifer Simeon; Gabriela Garcia; Melissa Cuervo; Elias-Ivan Hernandez and Grace Gonzalez.  Bottom row from left: Ariana Garcia; Isabella Diaz; Virginia Ladeira and Genesis Viales.