Photos courtesy of East Islip School District
East Islip High School’s mock trial team had a busy and successful fall season, including participating in two major competitions.
In October, eight team members competed in the Empire Eclipse tournament, an international online competition that comprised teams from seven different countries. The case was a criminal matter in which the federal government charged the defendant with computer hacking and creating a danger to the public by sending a false incoming missile alert. East Islip competed against schools from South Korea, California, Oregon and Tennessee, and went 2-2 over four rounds of intense competition. Senior Jacob Franchi was recognized with an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Attorney.
In November, 17 of East Islip’s mock trial students traveled to Harvard University for the annual Harvard Mock Trial Association Angela R Mathew High School Seminars. The students attended lectures and worked one-on-one with reigning national champion Harvard Mock Trial members to improve their trial advocacy skills. The fact pattern was a negligence tort in which the plaintiff was suing a small plane company for the crash that killed her husband. East Islip’s students worked on both the plaintiff and defense sides of the case and competed in trial rounds against schools from Florida and Pennsylvania. Two students were recognized with awards for their performances: junior Julia Fink earned an Outstanding Attorney designation and freshman Nicholas Cusumano was named an Outstanding Witness.