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Success in the Courtroom

The Mock Trial team has been very successful this year, having their best season yet. The team comprised of seven students, tenth through twelfth grade, practiced every Sunday with their advisor, Sandra Mulondo, and their attorney coach and Tully alumni, Matthew VanBeveren. This year, the students argued a criminal arson case, preparing for both the prosecution and defense. Preparation ran from December through February and the competition trials then began in March. Competing against Liverpool, Chittenango, and Cortland, Tully came ahead 2:1. When a school makes it to the last round of competition, students compete in a real courtroom with real attorneys and judges. The officials judging the case are compromised of real judges, attorney generals, and those within the District Attorney’s office. While the courtroom would make some people nervous, our Mock Trial team kept their cool and argued their case well. What a wonderful experience for these young students!