Victory for Mock Trial
By Hadjer Sahraoui
Managing Editor for Writing and Reporting
Photo Courtesy of Mr. Brown
On May 21 and 22, 13 members of the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Mock Trial team attended the State Championship in Albany for the first time in school history. Juniors Marlon Levy-Faigen and Stela Janku, along with senior Ben Shapiro represented the J-DHS team counselors, along with juniors Simmy Kaur and Christy Le and freshman Marion Maxwell playing the roles of witnesses.
The competition, which was hosted by the New York State Bar Association, was between the top school from each of six regions in the state. Although the J-DHS team did not achieve the championship title, they did place second out of over 300 teams who competed this season.
“I believe the year was very successful and I think the club has a very bright future ahead,” says senior Dylan Muller, co-president of the team. In fact, next year’s team will have at least eight members with experience from this past season, strengthening their odds for a state title.
“I’m happy because I have a team that’s super-devoted to this,” said senior Allen Zhou, also a co-captain of the Mock Trial team. “Although we didn’t win, we’re still really excited about second place, and there’s still hope for next year,” he said.
Complete footage from the competition featuring J-DHS students is available here.