Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mock Trial on to PA Regional Semifinals

Mr. Keith Morris, advisor for the new Mock Trial Competition Team, provided the following news:

This week and in its inaugural year, the Owen J. Roberts High School Mock Trial Competition Team was one (1) of only four (4) teams in a field of 18 to go undefeated at the Justice Center in West Chester in stiff Chester County Competition.

On to Pennsylvania Regional Semifinals!

On Monday, February 4th, OJR Prosecution Team successfully convicted the accused over a practiced Bishop Shanahan High School.
On Tuesday, February 5th, OJR Defense Team successfully defended the accused over an aggressive and heavy-hitting Downingtown STEM Academy.

Our Team:
Nadia Mokhallalati  -  Attorney, Prosecution  – President and Founding Member
Ava Lasmanis   -   Attorney, Prosecution  (Award Winning Advocate)
Theo Damiani  -  Attorney, Prosecution
Maddie Friel  -  Witness, Prosecution
Sharvari Apte  -  Witness, Prosecution  (Award Winning Witness)
Vidisha Pandey  -  Witness, Prosecution
Kiersten Longworth  -  Attorney, Defense
Grayson Kurth -   Attorney, Defense  (Award Winning Advocate)
Lindsey Jennings  -  Attorney, Defense
Sydney Smith  -  Witness, Defense.  (Award Winning Witness)
Taryn DeFusco  -  Witness, Defense
Sam DeFusco  -  Witness, Defense

(Please see team pictures below)

The field of 18 Chester County Teams:
·   B. Reed Henderson High School
·   Bishop Shanahan High School (2 teams)
·   Conestoga Senior High School
·   Devon Preparatory School  (2 teams)
·   Malvern Preparatory School
·   Downingtown STEM Academy
·   Great Valley High School
·   Kennett High School  (2 teams)
·   Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School  (3 teams)
·   Villa Maria Academy High School
·   West Chester East High School

Regional Semifinals will include Delaware and Bucks Counties and will be held on Wednesday, February 27th.  Please congratulate these hard-working and motivated students!  This is an outstanding achievement for these students, our high school and District!

Special thanks to Mrs. Heather McCreary, Esq. and Mr. Warren “His Honor” Hampton, Esq. for their guidance, tons of time and legal expertise and also to Mark DeFusco because he can drive and has a van!

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