The Van Horn Falcon Speech and Debate team recently received a donation from the Jackson County Historical Society.

A hand-crafted judge’s bench and witness stand now occupies the Speech and Debate classroom at Van Horn. The pieces of furniture will be used for mock trial practices with Truman Mock Trial team students this spring.

The bench and stand were used for local historical courtroom dramas, including the famous Swope Murder Trial, in 2010.

– Brandon Dumskey