Mock Trial Team Advances to Round of 16

Mock Trial Team Advances to Round of 16 photo
The Rye Neck High School Mock Trial team will compete in the Round of 16 against Irvington High School at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester on March 22. The students, who have been diligently examining this year’s case of the People v. Carson Conners and preparing to act as attorneys and witnesses, will present the defense side of the case against Irvington’s prosecution. 

The team advanced to the Round of 16 after outperforming North Salem High School in the previous round. Seniors Allie Liebmann, Jack Masciopinto and Rachel Rubin presented a strong defense case supported by convincing witnesses Olivia Dunne, a senior, and Tiana Colon and Lucas Pasquina, sophomores. 

This year’s case, the People v. Carson Conners, 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. Marcella Scalise, the Mock Trial team coach and a social studies teacher, said the case is relatable to the students since it is about an incident in a school.

“This is not your typical criminal case, which has led the students to take a different approach,” she added. “The team has been working diligently to prepare their questions and incorporate evidence effectively.”

Last spring, members of the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial team won the coveted Westchester County championship title.