SUMMIT, NJ - The Kent Place Upper School (KPS) Mock Trial Team has been crowned 2020 Union County Mock Trial Champions, beating out five teams over the course of several weeks and clinching the victory by defeating Oratory Prep. This is the first time that Kent Place has won the Union County tournament.
The team has faced Oratory Prep in the finals every year since 2016. “To be a part of the team that achieved the goals of every one of our captains since freshman year is something really special,” said Maya Vuchic '20. “I'm so grateful to be able to share this success with these hardworking and wonderful mock-trialers.”
The competition begins in the fall when the New Jersey State Bar Association releases a Mock Trial case. Members of each team are then assigned to be lawyers or witnesses for both the prosecution and the defense, and spend time writing direct and cross-examinations for the witnesses and opening and closing statements for the lawyers.
The team then hones its statements at practices and members recite their pieces with one another before presenting their trial to the judges, performing in character as either a witness or lawyer.
“I am very proud of our team,” said coach Richard Morey. “Many of these girls have been with us for four years, and I am thrilled that they could be a part of the team growth over several seasons.”
Kent Place Mock Trial team members are seniors Sonia Parmar, Sophie Schmitz, Margo Costigan, Sara Wheatley, Adrianna Guarino, and Maya Vuchic; juniors Audrey Alix, Lizzie Beckett, Jenna Smith, and Maya Ranji; sophomores Julie Fisher, Maggie Sher, Kathryn Turner, Eirian Huang; and freshmen Liz Khidekel and Kristine Yang. The team is coached by Morey and John Garde.