The Forum: Lenox Mock Trial team heads to regionals
LENOX -- The Lenox Memorial Middle and High School Mock Trial team will advance to the "Sweet 16" competition of regional finalists on Thursday, after its tie-breaking win against Pittsfield High School on Feb. 25.
Both teams were 3-0 for case wins going in and needed a tiebreaker trial to determine which of the schools would represent the western Massachusetts Region 16 in the annual competition organized by the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Judging the Feb. 25 competition held in Pittsfield was attorney John Garber of Weinberg & Garber PC in Northampton. In a close contest between the evenly matched teams Lenox prevailed, earning the right to move forward in the competition.
The Lenox team will compete this Thursday against Region 15 winner Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School of South Hadley. PVPA holds state mock trial championship titles from 2011 and 2012.
The Lenox Mock Trial team includes freshmen Nico Ciolfi, Connor Ellrodt, Miles Marshall, Jake Parkinson, Eli Williams; sophomores Grace Ellrodt, Jack Ellrodt, Jackson Reis, Isaac Gotterer; and seniors Maggie Bouvier, Shelby Boyer, Bailey Fielding, Harry Hale, Daley Keator, Josie Marshall, Liz Mitts, Katelyn Monteleone, Will Palmer, Ben Ramondetta, Kristin Read, Nicole Rose, Sophie Silverstein, and Kris Vahle. The coach is social studies teacher David Fisher and the attorney-coach is Diane DeGiacomo, partner in the law firm of Cain Hibbard & Myers PC.
The mock trial program is an annual competition in which members of the Massachusetts Bar Association create a fictional case that is then argued by high school teams statewide. Judges determine the trial winners based on the quality of the arguments and individual performances of the high school student participants.
The 16 regional mock trial winners in the commonwealth are:
Region 1: Cape Cod Academy, Osterville
Region 2: Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
Region 3: Marshfield High School
Region 4: Wayland High School
Region 5: Mansfield High School
Region 6: Franklin High School
Region 7: The Winsor School, Boston
Region 8: Maimonides School, Brookline
Region 9: Malden Catholic High School
Region 10: Marblehead High School
Region 11: Phillips Academy
Region 12: Westford Academy
Region 13: Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, Devens
Region 14: Holy Name Central Catholic High School, Worcester
Region 15: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, South Hadley
Region 16: Lenox Memorial Middle and High School