The Wyoming Seminary Mock Trial team will advance to the State Mock Trial Competition after defeating Nazareth High School in the 2017 Region 5 (East Central Championship) High School Mock Trial Competition, held on Thursday, March 16 in the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville.
The Sem team will represent Region 5 in state competition at the Dauphin County Court House in Harrisburg on March 24-25. This is the sixth time in 10 years that the Sem Blue Knights have advanced to the state level. The competition will feature the top 14 Mock Trial teams in the Commonwealth.
Two members of the Sem team were honored with special awards. Team co-captains and seniors Avery Conyngham received the Best Witness Award, while Emily Laurore received the Best Advocate Award.
The competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, provides high school students with a firsthand experience of the American judicial system.
Mock trial teams argue a case before a judge and are evaluated based on their presentation, opening and closing arguments, direct and cross examination, poise and articulation, control of facts, and knowledge of Mock Trial rules of law and exceptions. Competitions involve two opposing high school teams who apply real-life statutes and case law to fictitious situations in a simulated trial setting.
The Wyoming Seminary Mock Trial team is seen following the Regional Mock Trial competition held in Pottsville; seated: Attny. Danni Petyo, presiding judge. Standing from left: sophomore Philip Ouellette, senior Imran Pakbaz, senior Paige Allen, junior Samantha Immidisetti, senior and team co-captain Emily Laurore, senior and team co-captain Avery Conyngham and junior Megna Melkote. Not present for photo: Adam Carlisle, teacher coach; David Johnson, teacher coach; and attorney advisors Guerline L. Laurore, Joseph C. Ruby, Paul Galante and Zach Watkins.