Thirty social studies students from Lee’s Summit North High School participated in the Sept. 14 annual meeting of The Missouri Bar, held in Kansas City. The students, accompanied by teachers Jennifer Mooney and Tavish Whiting, attended two plenary sessions of professional development seminars and met with members of the Missouri Supreme Court and Western Court of Appeals as well as a federal judge.
The students learned about the judicial profession and the importance of an independent judiciary within the United States. The two plenary sessions focused on artificial intelligence and the importance of storytelling to enhance legal arguments in the courtroom.
Students attending included Ahilyn Aceves-Cortes, Ally Banks, Miranda Chaffin, Anna Donaldson, Hannah Edwards, Emily Gerber, Alexis Griffin, Gigi Harris, Sabra Hasek, Victoria Jamaleddin, Amy Kilgore, Cheyenne Kitzmann, Brooke Lally, Nia Lange, Ayaan Musse, Regan Potts, Samuel Pratt, Cameron Riffle, Addy Ross, Michael Schwetz, Zakiyyah Winston, all seniors; Sarah Ahern, Danielle Barnette, Megan Carlson, Tia Kahwaji, Xavior Lewis, Olivia Little, Wyatt Thompson, Simon Zoroya, all juniors; and Keegan Pohl, sophomore.