Holy Cross Team Heading to Mock Trial Nationals


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) 15 high school students are heading to Georgia for the national Mock Trial Championship after winning at states.

The champions were recognized by the entire student body at Dunmore’s Holy Cross Thursday morning — as best in the state.

Photojournalist Joseph Butash was there.

“I hope you recognize the amazing accomplishment here by our Mock Trial team,” Proclaimed Proud Principal Ben Talerico. 

  “We didn’t have a team before my freshman year so we kind of built this team from scratch. You know moving on each year you’re getting a little bit more experience to the point where we got this year as we kept gaining people along the way. We built that team camaraderie and how it turned out to be the state champions because of it,” Said Nick Klein, Holy Cross High School Senior and Mock Trial Co-Captain.

   “Just going to nationals you get a brand new case that you only about a month to prepare for it. And this case is about arson but it’s an interpleader. So it’s all about insurance. It’s really interesting but we have a time crunch to really make sure we can develop our case fully for the national competition,” Said Elizabeth Arbie, Holly Cross High School Senior and Mock Trial Team Member.

   Lauren Palmiter, Holy Cross High School Senior Mock Trial Co-Captain explained: “There are about 250 some schools that competed in Pennsylvania and from them we were the top school in the state which was super exciting.”

  “I think it’s just a testament to our attorney advisors and our teacher and how much work our students put into this year to be able to come out on top. I’m going to be studying engineering. I’m going to Temple University next year” Said Lauren adding “Law is a big part of my life, and I hope in the future.”   

“I plan to attend Catholic University to major in English and then hopefully attend their law school,” added Elizabeth.

Nationals are in May in Athens Georgia. 

It’s the first time in the school’s history the team is going all the way.

Best of luck.Next month!

Members of the team:  Nick Klein, Lauren Palmiter, Caroline Kranick, Olivia Zehel, Elizabeth Arbie, Gianna Sacchetti, Maggie Arcuri, Mia Sandy, Ericka Pica, Serge Grega, Jorgan McAndrew, Sarah Mies, Joe Lennon, Dawson Errigo, Christian Ceccoli.

Teacher Adviser: Mrs. Janine Wetter.  Attorney Advisers Attorney Jim Wetter and Attorney Francesca Kester.

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