Success in the Courtroom

Students pose in the courtroom

Some Locust Valley High School students have been spending time in the courtroom learning about the justice system. Members of the Mock Trial team have had success playing the roles of prosecution and the defense.

Members of the Mock Trial team compete at least twice throughout the school year in the Nassau County Bar Association Competition. They alternate the positions they take, once portraying the plaintiff/prosecution and once portraying the defense.   In each instance, the team consists of three attorneys and three witnesses. The attorneys must prepare and deliver an opening statement, conduct direct and cross-examinations of witnesses and deliver closing arguments. The witnesses have to take the stand for questioning and know all the details of the case and of the person they are portraying.  

Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David J. Ethe said the experience of preparing for the mock trials reinforces important skills, including research and presentation skills. “Members of the team also gain a deep understanding of the justice system and how it works.” The team was well prepared in their competitions and advanced to the Nassau County Bar Association Competition at the Mineola Courthouse.   

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team made of Aidan Bergin, Bobby Carroll, John Cote, Graham Holowchak, Will Holowchak, Hans Kiessling, Riggs Johnson, Caroline Martocci, Faith McQuiston, Ferah Shaikh and Spencer Weingord.  

The team is coached by Ashley Cannone and Rachel McShane.