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The Verdict is in: Galileo Found Innocent
Galileo Galilei was found innocent on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 during a mock trial held by the Fourth Form at South Kent School. Since the inception of the Form Program, Fourth Formers have concluded their examination of the Church-held heliocentric theory versus Galileo’s geocentric view with a mock trial.
“Galileo was found innocent of heresy against the church as well as philandering and having three children out of wedlock,” said Kevin Vining, Fourth Form Dean. “It was a spectacular performance by both the prosecution and the defense. The defense clinched the victory by creating a reasonable doubt and showing the difference between a hypothesis and a theory. They showed that Galileo was still a very strong component of the church and that he was just trying to improve the education of his students,” he added.
“It was an all Form effort, every student was involved,” Vining said. “Every student was very well prepared, did a great job and made their points very well. Every year it (the trial) just keeps getting better and better,” he added. “I tip my hat to the faculty involved which made today terrific,” he said. “Mrs. Moore did a great with the costumes, Ms. Lyon provided legal background, Mr. Winkler used his English knowledge to help prepare the boys and Mr. Larson with AMG all helped make today was it was. Because when the kids have great costumes and the right knowledge they buy into their roles and the process."
All members of the Fourth Form had roles to play in the mock trial from set production, cameramen, costume managers, prosecution, defense, judges, trial witness and Galileo himself. The trial was held in the school’s assembly room which was transformed for the proceedings into a courtroom with three judges towering over the group on a dais. Parents and friends of the school tuned in to watch the proceedings live through the school's Advanced Media Group (AMG).
"I spent 3 hours glued to my computer screen watching the trial. The boys presentation was phenomenal," said Lou Pereira, South Kent School parent. "You can see the work you and the boys put into the presentation and knowledge. What a great way to teach and learn. Events like these and the dedication of the teacher are why I'm proud, humbled and appreciative that my son goes to such an excellent school," he added.
The students spent three weeks investigating the history of fifteenth century scientist Galileo Galilei and learning about the heliocentric vs. geocentric theories of the universe. The commonly held view in Galileo’s time was that everything in the universe revolved around the earth -- the geocentric theory. Galileo presented the other view that everything revolved around the sun – the heliocentric theory. In real life Galileo was tried by the Roman Inquisition of 1633 and eventually forced to recant his heliocentric theory and spent the last years of his life under house arrest.
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|Galileo||Grayson Makris||Pope Urban VIII||Sergey Goldobin|
|Giovanni Francesco Sagredo||Tyler Augustinsen||Grand Duchess Christina Medici||Jinwei (Dave) Wang|
|Sister Maria Celeste||Lizheng (Darren) Ge||Father Niccolo Lorini||Raul Chamale|
|Archbishop Piero Dini||Joey Vail||Father Niccolo Ricciardi||Devonte Duckworth|
|Cosimi Medici||Connor Sundquist||Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino||Austin Mcllmurray|
|Benedetto Castelli||Dominic Costello||Lawyer||Ben Brady|
|Catarina Niccolini||Zixiang (Shawn) Tang||Lawyer||Tyler Hoadley|
|Lawyer||Ethan Bassile||Lawyer||Abel Watson|
|Lawyer||Joey Cipollone||Expert Witness||Yu (Charlie) Wu|
|Expert Witness||Ross West||Judges||Max Enis, Donovan Ott|
|Director||Keon Woo Rim||Costume Manager||Zichen (Edward) Song|
|Set Manager||Mitchell Lundholm||Music Director||Dongha Kim|
|Cameramen||Ethan Nitkin||Reporter||Jeff Charles|