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Mock Trial Team Wins County Title

Defeats a field of more than 40 high schools

The Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team made history for the school district this spring when it was crowned the winner of the Nassau County Mock Trial Tournament.

The largest event of its kind in New York State, the team defeated nearly 500 students from 44 high schools around the county.

The team brought home a plaque and the traditional championship trophy, a gigantic golden cup with the names of the winning teams inscribed on it.

Mock Trial Advisor Dan Bachman, contemplating where to showcase the grand award, illustrated the difficulty over the years of beating a certain tenacious team, one that had great success in the past.

“If you look at the names on the trophy, you will notice one school that won the championship over and over again. To beat that team this year made this victory even sweeter. I am extremely proud of our students,” he said.

The tournament, hosted by the Nassau County Bar Association at the Nassau County Court House in Mineola, had students acting as prosecution or defense lawyers during a made up case in which a man was hit with a tire iron outside of a nightclub. Teams were judged on their knowledge of legal proceedings and how strongly they presented their cases. Massapequa surpassed the 44 teams and went undefeated in the last seven rounds.

“We all tried to remain calm as the judge gave his comments at the end of the trial. When we realized we had won, we were so excited,” said Lauren Reisig, team president. “This is a huge win; we prepared so hard for this.”

Other team members include seniors Gabriella Johnston, Lisa Cannistra, Tom Rozea, Annie Kelly, Rob Wallace, Laura Waldron, Nick Barbieri; juniors Kieran Reilly, Robyn Tse, Angela Williams, Nicole Mehr, Ashley Guido, Kailey White, Sean Conboy, Dan Fradella, Kelsey Sullivan and Rachel Flanders; and sophomores Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrangaro, Megan Musachio, Alexandra Johnston, Veronica Held and Danielle Ciullo.