First-Round Verdict in Favor of RNHS Mock Trial Team

First-Round Verdict in Favor of RNHS Mock Trial Team photo
Members of the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial team – which won the coveted Westchester County championship title last spring – are already off to a great start this year. They won the first round of the competition against Ossining High School, held at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains on Feb. 27. 

The students have been diligently examining this year’s case of the People vs. Carson Conners and preparing to act as attorneys and witnesses as they present their case in a courtroom setting. The case is about a student who was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a teacher saw him pushing another student in a hallway. However, the defendant with poor grades claimed that the teacher purposely targeted him so he would not take a state-mandated ELA exam, the scores from which influence the teacher’s evaluation.

“This is an interesting criminal case that is very relatable to our students since it is about an incident in a school,” said Marcella Scalise, the Mock Trial team coach and a social studies teacher. “This is not your typical criminal case, which has led the students to take a different approach. The team has been working diligently to prepare their questions and incorporate evidence effectively.”

In the first round, junior Julian Allison and seniors Conor Flood and Emily Michaels led the prosecution side of the case as attorneys. Senior Ryan Francavilla, sophomore Juliana Silva and junior Elena Tisnovsky supported their strong case as convincing witnesses. 

“This is a strong team with students who work hard and care about doing well,” Scalise said about her team of 23 students. “This group of students, especially the seniors, is continuing to set a good example of how to act professional and be dedicated. I am confident that with all of the time and effort spent by the students that we will have a great season.”

The Rye Neck High School Mock Trial team will compete in the second round against North Salem High School at the Westchester County Courthouse on March 8.