Shortly before Winter Break, the 5-6 section concluded their study of Sophocles’ classic play Antigone by placing one of the lead characters, Creon, on trial for tyranny. As I’m sure we all remember, Creon is the king of Thebes, and he favors one nephew over the other after they’re both slain in battle, and then decides to let the corpse of one rot in the street and be eaten by vultures. Antigone, their sister, defies Creon and buries her brother, hoping therefore that he’ll avoid endless torture in the afterlife. But, by doing so, she thereby breaks the law of the land. The students needed to decide, therefore, if Creon is validated when he punishes Antigone, or if he acts like a tyrant who abuses his power. While we read the play together, they were split across two teams, defense and prosecution, knowing that either outcome was possible and that they needed to take and arrange their notes carefully to make their case. They therefore honed their collaborative skills, developed major points of contention, and anticipated the counter-points of the opposition. Each team prepared and revised written arguments and determined who would deliver the phases of the trial. Prior to the big day, they were also given a lesson in tying a Full Windsor knot to assure that the assemblage of neckties worn by both sides added a fitting air of seriousness to the proceeding. This year, the jury was comprised of faculty and staff, some of whom saw the trial in the room while others, times being what they are, saw it filmed over Zoom. We even had one member of the class pipe in via Zoom from the Virgin Islands to deliver his portion of the evidence. The whole 5-6 class presented their case in clear and deliberate terms to the jury, who had not read the play, and made sense of four points of contention, per side, with rebuttals and counter-points made for each. In fact, both legal teams argued and countered their evidence so effectively that the jury acknowledged their collective professionalism in the final verdict. Eventually, having carefully weighed the evidence, the jury reached a verdict of ‘guilty of tyranny,’ noting that, although Creon feels remorse when the play ends, his change of heart comes too late (in their opinion) to vindicate him as he acts against the best interests of the larger citizenry. Both teams acknowledged a job well done, all around, as they reflected on the experience following the verdict, and then they watched the opening 30+ minutes of The Sound of Music to lighten the mood and celebrate the end of the semester.