John Jay High School’s Mock Trial team presented cases and argued in front of real Westchester County judges on March 10 and 12.
The team competed at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, where JJHS students advanced after competing against teams from Good Counsel and Clarkstown North.
“We assembled a defense team and a plaintiff team, learned a case inside and out from both sides and then went to court to argue against the other schools,” said advisor Chandler Lewis. “The judges weighed in on the arguments and scored our students’ tactics, demeanor, eloquence, confidence and poise, ability to wage and answer objections, enter and use evidence and deliver opening and closing arguments.”
The students worked hard to excel in presenting their cases, questioning witnesses and cross-examining opponent witnesses during a two-to-three-hour trial.
The defense team — Kailas Amin, Reed Feldman, Will Palmieri, Ashley Ramsay, Sasha Suser and Tess Tobin — argued against Good Counsel, while Jacob Agona, Tara Carroll, Mya Labbay, Katie Ricca and Marisa Tagliaferro represented the plaintiff against Clarkstown South.
The team’s scores qualified them to move on to round three of the competition.