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Blind Brook Team Wins County Mock Trial Competition

Blind Brook High School Mock Trial team members Ethan Hochberg, Jason Rosenberg, Justin Cray and Alex Nadasi prepare for the county championship trial against Rye Neck. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Terry Gilberti
The Westchester County champion Blind Brook High School Mock Trial team. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Terry Gilberti

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- Blind Brook High School's Mock Trial team won the Westchester County Mock Trial competition for the sixth time in the school's history. The team defeated rival Rye Neck in the county finals at the Westchester County Courthouse last week.

This is the first win for second-year adviser Rita Gianfrancesco. For the past several weeks, the team has competed against other high schools every Thursday in real courtrooms, presided over by real judges. Each week the team has had to play the part of either the defendant or the plaintiff in a case of a student suing a college for not living up to its academic billing.

“In the courtroom, you are arguing your case as if it is a real litigation and learning all of the appropriate procedures of a real trial,” said team member and senior Karan Das, who hopes to join the mock trial team at the University of California Berkeley next year.

“Mock trial teaches you about collaborating on a team ethic…a team theory of working with others,” said sophomore Adam Riesenfeld. “During the trial, you are up on the stand in a real courtroom learning from everyone around you. It’s just a great experience.”

The 16-member team will now move on to regional finals for a chance to qualify for the New York State championships in Albany.

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