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Fifth graders at the courthouseCooke fifth graders visit Sullivan courthouse

March 4, 2013

Cooke Elementary School students from Yesenia Kreeger, Sharon Strykos, Melanie Hector, Connie Ast and Jeanmarie Brenner’s fifth grade classes enjoyed an informative field trip to the Lawrence H. Cooke Sullivan County Courthouse.

The students went through security procedures, including metal detectors, and were frisked by security personnel before being cleared to proceed to the office of George L. Cooke II, Commissioner of Jurors, and grandson of the namesake of the elementary school.

Mr. Cooke also happens to be the son of Honorable Lawrence H. Cooke, the former Chief Justice of the State of New York and for whom the courthouse is named.

Students sit in the jury seatsMr. Cooke introduced the students to the operation of the court system and jury selection. The students then proceeded to the court room and were greeted by either Supreme Court Justice Hon. Stephan Schick or County Court/Surrogate Justice Honorable Michael F. McGuire, depending on the day of the field trip. Both judges gave a narrative of the workings of the judicial system, trial procedures and duties of a judge as well as the defending and prosecuting attorneys. The students were very inquisitive and asked many excellent questions.

Jane Sorensen, EPIC Program Coordinator, assisted in coordinating and chaperoning the trip.

Top photo: George L. Cooke, Jane Sorensen and Hon. Michael F. McGuire with Sharon Strykos and Yesenia Kreeger’s fifth grade students.

Bottom photo: Some students from Melanie Hector, Connie Ast and Jeanmarie Brenner's classes sit in the Jury seats.