Erica Adkins, Staff Writer – April 13, advanced placement [AP] students in government and politics teacher Michelle Duclos’ classes went on an educational field trip to the Citrus County Courthouse to witness a few trials being held there. The trip was part of a state-wide initiative to promote students’ understanding of the American judicial system.
Duclos took her students on the trip in hopes that they would gain a better sense of how the branches of government work.
“It gives my students a unique experience to see how the judicial system works in action,” said Duclos.
Some students attended the trip because they are interested in pursuing a career in law; others went simply for the experience.
“I went on the trip because I am very interested government and politics and wish to minor in political science,” said sophomore Makiya Seminera.
“I went to better understand the material I read in my government book and apply it to real life,” said sophomore Brandy White.
The outing provided familiarity with some of the material that will be covered in the upcoming AP exam in May.
“I felt like the trip helped me to better understand how judges listen to a case. For example, setting your argument and then [choosing to] put aside time for a rebuttal or to use up all of your time,” said sophomore Mary Recta.
“It helped clarify court synopsis,” said sophomore Madison Myers.
Overall, the most favored part of the trip (other than the lunch outing to Panera Bread after viewing the cases) was seeing how appellate cases are carried out.
“My favorite part was when the lawyers would rebuttal the others statements. I anticipated what they would say, and that was fun for me,” said Recta.
“[I liked how] the lawyers took time to answer questions the students had and educate us on the topic,” said sophomore Sean O’Neill.