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Mock Trial Team Heads to State Finals

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On April 3, Ward Melville High School’s mock trial team captured the Suffolk County Regional Championship in a hard-fought battle against rival Huntington. After many months of determined preparation and countless Saturdays learning about all aspects of criminal procedure and arson investigation, the “mockers” from Ward Melville brought the trophy home.

Led by senior captains Ella O’Connor and Anna Potekhin, the team made a remarkable run through the Suffolk playoffs, culminating in their arguments before the Honorable Caren Loguercio, a sitting Suffolk Supreme Court judge. The judge gave the highest praise to Ward Melville High School after a hard-fought victory. The team is coached by Gelinas teacher Doug Elliot and local attorney volunteer and Ward Melville alumnus, Joseph Prokop, Esq. The team will travel to Albany in May for the New York State Bar Association finals.

Date Added: 4/9/2024