Southview High School celebrates world championship

The team gathers for a photo after thanking the Sylvania City Police Department for their help.


Sylvania high school is celebrating a world championship won on a different type of court.

Southview High School's Mock Trial team recently made the journey of a lifetime to win a world title at the Empire City Invitational, a mock trial tournament held in New York City.

The three-day tournament pit 40 teams from five countries against each other. Southview's championship team, comprised of members Eric Zhu, Shaleen Goel, Katherine Ellis, Sevil Clifford, Catherine Dong, Lilly Yan, Nikila Luke and Zachary Poczekaj, coached by Denny Lyle, Vicki Lyle, Tony Turley and Dan Ellis came from 35th place prior to the final round to win it all.

The team's winning court case was a criminal case in reckless driving titled, "It Could Happen to Anyone."

Students trained for competition by working with Sgt. Justin Music of the Sylvania City Police, Judge Scott Ramey, and the County Coroner's office to learn different aspects of their drunken driving criminal case.

The Sylvania Community Action Team (SCAT) helped fund the trip.