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Saint Vincent College announces winners of high school mock trial competition

Saint Vincent College announces winners of high school mock trial competition

by Public Relations | December 18, 2023

LATROBE, PA—On November 15, Saint Vincent College hosted the 2023 Mock Trial Tournament for high school students in the Fred Rogers Center. High school students from Derry Area, Greensburg Salem, Greensburg Central Catholic, Kiski Area, Franklin Regional, Penn Trafford, Southmoreland and North Catholic competed in the event. 

Students at mock trial taking notes.

The students started the competition at 9 a.m. with their opening statements both by the prosecution and defense. After a ten-minute recess, they reconvened for the closing arguments. Following closing arguments and another short break, the winners were announced.

Winners for the opening argument are as follows:

  • First place winner – Aryana Galdo/Greensburg Salem/Defense
  • Second place winner – Benjamin Beech/Greensburg Central Catholic/Defense

Winners for the closing argument are as follows:

    • First place tie – Mackenzie Halfhill/Greensburg Salem/Defense & Lea Kasmir/Greensburg Salem/Defense
    • Second place winner – Jared Miller/Greensburg Central Catholic/ProsecutionMock trial winners with awards

Faculty judges were Bruce A. Antkowiak, Esq., College legal counsel; Dr. Eric Kocian, associate professor of criminology and chair of the Criminology Department in the McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government; Dr. Kayla Jachimowski, assistant professor of criminology; and Paige Parsley, instructor of criminology. Megan Will, Esq., was a special guest.

After the event, the guests ended their visit in the Saint Vincent Dining Hall for refreshments.



-David Collins, English major, of Oakmont


PHOTO 1: Students attend Mock Trial Tournament at Saint Vincent College.  

PHOTO 2: Winners of the Mock Trial Tournament