Clarke MS Students Stand Mock Trial

Clarke MS Students Stand Mock Trial Photo
The seventh- and eighth-grade members of W.T. Clarke Middle School’s Mock Trial club took on the roles of lawyers, witnesses and jurors as they participated in the 34th annual Western Suffolk BOCES Mock Trial Tournament on April 21.

After months of preparation and practice, the team read, analyzed and strategized the mock civil case of Jenna Hightower v. Mike Tosser, which was the case to be heard at the tournament. They met with club advisor and Social Studies Department Chairperson Lisa Scully to study and plan for the big day. 

Held at Suffolk County Community College, the one-day competition brought together 13 teams from Nassau and Suffolk counties. Clarke’s team participated in two rounds: the first as prosecutor against West Babylon Junior High School and the second as defendant against North Shore Middle School.

At the end of the day, Clarke’s students were victorious in the presentation/poised category.  

“I am very proud of the team for diligently studying the case,” said Scully. “They exhibited a high level of professionalism by transforming into the lawyers and witnesses of the trial.”