Greensburg Salem, Penn-Trafford Students Winners at SVC Mock Trial Competition

by Public Relations | Nov 01, 2017

Nov. 1, 2017

Greensburg Salem Penn-Trafford winners in SVC Mock Trial Competition

Students from Greensburg Salem and Penn-Trafford High Schools were winners at the Saint Vincent College Mock Trial Clinic and Argument Competition at the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on Oct. 31 sponsored by the Saint Vincent College Department of Criminology, Law and Society directed by Bruce A. Antkowiak.

Claire Simpson, Madison Rugh and Charity Hipple, all of Greensburg Salem, won first place closing statement, second place opening statement and second place closing statement awards respectively. Kate Polechko of Penn-Trafford won first place in the opening argument competition.

Other participants in the competition included Nate Angus of Derry Area High School; Emma Taylor, Blake Homa and Korey Dovichin of Elizabeth Forward High School; Aashta Ladani, Sarah Apte, Sarah Jahangeer, Sathwik Garimella, AnnMarie Miller, Brando Sell, Lily Wang and River Sell of Franklin Regional Senior High School;  Chase Clemence, Kiera Flanigan, Vienna O’Brien, Jeremy Mauser and John Stafford of Greensburg Salem; Carson Shipley, Matt O’Neill, Kathryn Makay, Emily Moretton, Katie Soltez and Allisity Rosner of Norwin High School; and Colton Pikovsky and Emma Bender of Penn-Trafford.

Judges for the competition included Thomas Grace of the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office; Benjamin Goodwin of Goodwin Como, PC, Uniontown; Sandra Frye, administrative assistant in the Saint Vincent College Office of Criminology, Law and Society; and Professors Sarah Daly and Eric Kocian of the Criminology Department at Saint Vincent.

Witnesses were August Sanders of the Saint Vincent College Criminology Master’s Program; Eileen Flinn, assistant general counsel and Title IX coordinator at Saint Vincent College; and Kocian and Daly.


Photo:  Students from six high schools participated in the Saint Vincent College Mock Trial Clinic and Argument Competition on Oct. 31. Bruce Antkowiak, left, counsel to Saint Vincent College and Archabbey, professor of law and director of the Saint Vincent College Criminology and Society Program, presented awards to Kate Polechko, Madison Rugh, Claire Simpson and Charity Hipple.


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