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HARRISBURG – The team from Wyoming Seminary on Saturday won the 28th Annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition.
Team members are Lina Bader, Leah Goldberg, Amanda Immidisetti, Dustin Magaziner, Logan May, Ellie McDougal, Renata O’Donnell and Caroline Reppert. The teacher coaches are Adam Carlisle and Justin Naylor. The attorney advisors are Frank Brier, Cathy O’Donnell and Neil O’Donnell.
Wyoming Seminary will represent Pennsylvania in the 2011 National High School Mock Trial Championship taking place May 5-7 in Phoenix.
Wyoming Seminary played the role of defense and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia County, played the role of plaintiff in the final round of competition Saturday. Judge John E. Jones III, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, served as presiding judge.
“It takes teamwork and strong communication and analytical skills to be among the top 12 teams of this statewide competition,” said Lisa M.B. Woodburn, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, which organizes and oversees the event.
“We congratulate the students for being among the ‘best of the best’ in this year’s competition. We also thank their teachers and lawyer coaches who voluntarily step forward to prepare the students for competition. This event would not be possible without their support,” Woodburn said.
Co-chairpersons of the state Mock Trial Executive Committee are Ryan Blazure of Wilkes-Barre and Jennifer J. Walsh of Scranton.
This year’s hypothetical trial case is a civil action involving a pathologist who enters into a contract with a dying and impoverished elderly woman to obtain mutated cancer cells. The case was written by Jonathan A. Grode of Philadelphia and Paul W. Kaufman of Philadelphia. Jane E. Meyer of Harrisburg edited the final version of the case.
This year, 331 teams from 285 high schools competed in the district and regional levels of Pennsylvania’s mock trial competition -- one of the largest in the nation. After the local competitions, 12 high school teams advanced to the state mock trial championships. All 12 teams competed in two quarterfinal rounds on Friday.
Through the competition, eight-member student teams are given the opportunity to argue both sides of a case in an actual courtroom before a judge.
Earlier Saturday, competing in the semifinal round of competition with Wyoming Seminary and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School were Scranton Preparatory School, Lackawanna County, and Strath Haven High School, Delaware County.
The Pennsylvania Cable Network will air the final round of the competition statewide on the following dates and times: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, is providing funding support for the broadcast. Also, DVDs of the final round will be available for purchase from the network’s Web site at www.pcntv.com.
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