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Clarkstown South Mock Trial Team Wins Rockland, Westchester Finals

The Clarkstown High School South Mock Trial Team won Rockland and Westchester County 2016 Finals.
The Clarkstown High School South Mock Trial Team won Rockland and Westchester County 2016 Finals. Photo Credit: Clarkstown Central School District/Facebook

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Clarkstown South Mock Trial team won the Rockland and Westchester County 2016 Finals after competing in six rounds of the county New York State Bar Mock Trial Competition.

The county finals were judged by Justice Alan Scheinkman, who serves as the administrative judge for the 9th Judicial District.

The team was arguing the case of "People v. Kelly Roberts," a criminal case that is actually a suppression hearing where the defense is trying to suppress the evidence seized by an officer.

The students competed against Sleepy Hollow, Yorktown, Hackley, Rye Neck and Nyack in the preliminary, quarterfinals and then semifinal rounds of the county competition.

In the county final, the team won a stunning victory against Yorktown with a score of 52-48 as the prosecution, advancing the team into the regional competition that was held in Orange County.

Team members include Lauren Garvey, Ben Lockey, Beila Berger, Jordyn Costello, Veronica Yabloko, Julia Kupferman, Sheila McCombs, Kyle Failing, Zekai Zheng, Paavankumar Avasatthi, Andrei Nuta, Jake Bardorf, Kayleigh Ross, Liam McGuirk, Cole Warren, Nicholas Piccinnini, James Oswald, Domenic Kessel, Rishabh Khanduja, Aashna Pandya, Elliot Cho and Helen Smith.

During the event, team members played both lawyers and witnesses. Advisers Scott Barsamian and Stephanie Costa of the South High School Social Studies Department said they are proud of the team’s hard work and dedication this year.

Club parents who helped included David Warren and Michael Garvey.

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