Cumberland Valley High School is one of 14 high schools advancing to the 36th annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition scheduled for March 29-30 at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg.
Students on the Cumberland Valley team are Nick Carpinello, Ayden Colquhoun, Alexis Forsyth, Martin Gildea, Dhruthi Gundurao, Ben Kluger, Max Kluger, Alea Lizardo, Gianna Massara, Kierstan Melder, Luke Reinhard, Vincent Rohland, Nick Scott, Malaz Sharief and Ava Smith. The teacher coaches are Brian Bullock and Sara Shoop. The attorney advisers are Alan Boynton and Craig Kauzlarich.
The team is moving to the state level as a winner of the Region 6 competition that included schools in Cumberland, Perry, Adams, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. This year, 287 teams from 242 high schools competed at the district and regional levels for 14 spots in the statewide competition.
The winning team of the state championship will represent Pennsylvania in the national mock trial finals to be held May 16-18 in Athens, Georgia.
“This mock trial competition is more than an academic exercise,” said Alaina C. Koltash of Harrisburg, chair of the association’s Young Lawyers Division. “These students will gain a working knowledge of our justice system, plus successful dispute resolution techniques and valuable presentation, critical-thinking and teamwork skills that will serve them well throughout their lifetimes.”
On March 29, all 14 teams will participate in two rounds of competition, one at 2 p.m. and one at 5:30 p.m. Up to six teams that have won their first two rounds of competition will advance to an 8:30 a.m. round of competition on March 30. The two winners of this round (or the two highest-ranking teams) will advance to the state final at 11:30 a.m. Judge Karoline Mehalchick, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, will serve as the presiding judge.