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Byram Hills Wins Westchester County Mock Trial Championship

Congratulations to the Byram Hills 2021 Mock Trial Team for winning the Westchester County Mock Trial Championship. The team worked tirelessly through virtual practices and trials to defeat the #1 seed, Scarsdale High School.

The Mock Trial program allows high school students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of civil/criminal law and the courtroom process. Thousands of students participate each year and gain a greater understanding of the law and the legal system.

The Mock Trial Tournament is set up as a competition.  Emphasis is placed on the educational aspect which focuses on the preparation and presentation of a hypothetical courtroom trial. High school teams argue both sides of a case and assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Team members enhance their critical reasoning and listening skills and ability to think on their feet.  They are judged on case presentation, following courtroom procedures, and professional etiquette.

The Mock Trial enriches the high school experience for many Byram Hills students, and winning the 2021 Westchester County Championship was a remarkable accomplishment.

The Byram Hills Mock Trial Team is coached by social studies teacher Mr. Martin Gilbert and lawyer/coach Mr. Eliot Schuman.

2021 BHHS Mock Trial Team
From top to bottom, left to right:
Chloe Weissman, Jon Manowitz, Max Teitelbaum, Zach Pero
Isabella Stillman, Jordyn Bernard, Mia Dittrich, Jake Fenster,
Lili Deitelzweig, Martin Gilbert (Advisor), John D’Avanzo, Elaina Piecyk 
 Missing from photo: Drew Siskin