| Several Biloxi High School students were recognized for their accomplishments in the Mississippi Coast Regional Mock Trial Competition on Feb. 16 at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport.
The annual contest, sponsored by the Mississippi Bar Association, is designed to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for the law, court procedures, and the Mississippi Judicial systems; and to improve basic life skills, such as critical thinking, reading, speaking, and advocacy.
Among the Biloxi students honored:
Biloxi High School Team #1: Katie P. Wilson, Most Effective Attorney, Round 1 and 2; Robert Smith, Most Effective Witness, Round 1; Alex Ware, Most Effective Witness, Round 2.
Biloxi High School Team #2: Maddie Milam, Most Effective Attorney, Round 1 and 2; Meagan Gill, Most Effective Witness, Round 1; and Angie Burnham, Most Effective Witness, Round 2.
Teacher coaches of the team are Todd Boucher and Deborah Holliday, and attorney coaches are Joy Goundas and Robert Weaver
Students place second in statewide 'We the People' contest
Biloxi High School students have placed second in the state in their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The students participated in the annual statewide We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state competition, which was conducted Feb. 25 at Mississippi State University in Starkville.
The Biloxi students, all AP Government class members, won four of the six unit awards.
The winning units:
Unit Two: Ryan Cartier, D'Shaun Lanier, Matt Lipscomb, Michael Macias and Nick Wilder
Unit Three: Julie Angle, Katie Wilson and Lavisha Redmon
Unit Four: Lindsey Bristol, Krista Miller, Cassie Fambro, Erik Gabriel, and Ryan Jones
Unit Five: Charmaine Rutherford, Quyen Bui, Dustin Nguyen and Linh Nguyen.
In the competition, classes of students prepared for months for their role as experts testifying on selected constitutional issues. They demonstrated their knowledge before a simulated congressional committee consisting of constitutional scholars, lawyers, and government leaders who judged the students' performances. Judges of this year's competition included many lawyers and instructors from various institutions around the country.
Students recognized in TSA competition
Several Biloxi High School students were chosen from among six other schools and 120 students as honorees in the Technology Student Association Regional Competition.
The contest was held Feb. 22 at the George County Campus of Gulf Coast Community College in Lucedale.
The Biloxi winners:
The team of Delena Vo, Cindy Tran, Courtney Tremmel, Eryka Wallace, Paige McDonnell, and Tuyen Nguyen won first place in the Chapter team competition
The team of Arni Bactol and Nichole Truong won second place in Structural engineering.
The team of Danny Nguyen, Kevin C. Bui, Carlin Tran placed first in Techno Bowl challenge with Carlin Tran receiving the highest score of all contestants.
Jennifer Bui placed third in Exemporaneous Presentation
The team of Camille Dunnings, Monique Ransom, and Brionna Robinson placed second in Medical Technology
The team of Tuyen Nguyen and Carlin Tran won first place in Film Technology
The team of Claudia Meza and Sarah McDonnell placed second in Problem Solving.