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The Severna Park High School mock trial team celebrating their win after Judge Battaglia announced them as the State Championship winners. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Severna Park H.S. wins mock-trial crown (access required)

Amid echoes of Ferguson, Mo., high-school students from Severna Park and Cumberland battled Friday in the mock trial of a fictional police officer accused of shooting an unarmed 18-year-old man to death without justification. With his team cast as the prosecution, Severna Park High School student Cory Jeweler said in his opening statement that Michael Case’s arms were raised in surrender when officer Darren Gray fired nine shots into him on a warm, clear day last August. “It is the police officer’s duty to protect and serve,” Jeweler said to start the championship round of the statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. “Gray didn’t protect and serve anyone. He pulled out his gun and pulled the trigger.”