Members of the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial team outperformed Yonkers High School during a debate at the annual Yale Princeton Debate, which took place at Ardsley High School on Nov. 3.

The topic the students were presented with was whether or not all American citizens who do not vote should pay a fine. Senior debaters Allie Liebmann and Rachel Rubin presented the affirmative side on the topic. 

“Both girls delivered convincing points that led to a unanimous decision by the judges,” said Marcella Scalise, the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial team coach and a social studies teacher. 

Sponsored by the Yale and Princeton Alumni Associations of Westchester, Rye Neck was one of six teams from Westchester County who participated in the competition. Mock trial is an academic competition in a courtroom setting that allows students to prepare and argue both the prosecution and defense sides of a case and compete against students from across the state.