Weekly Feature

2015-05-27 / Education

Clarence Mock Trial team wins district’s first state title

The Clarence High School Mock Trial team won the 2015 Mock Trial State Championship May 19 in Albany. It is the first Mock Trial state title for a team from the district.

Clarence competed against Potsdam High School in the final round and walked away with the coveted championship win. State Supreme Court Justice Michael C. Lynch presided over the final. It was the culmination of a six-month tournament that started out with more than 300 teams participating across New York State.

Led by team captain Mitchell Snyder, the team included students Ethan Alexin, Derek Andrews, Tyler Bird, Julia Carey, Georgia Hulbert, Adam Klavoon, Rebecca Knapp, Alexander Maccallini, Ryan Mazurkiewic, Mary Owen and Sean Stenardi.

“This team has worked very hard and we are proud to be the only Clarence team to win the State title,” Snyder said. “We couldn’t be more happy or excited to leave this legacy to Clarence High School.”

Faculty adviser Ronald DiNicolantonio added, “In my 21 years of being the teacher coach — this team by far was the most dedicated of them all. They earned that state title.”

Colleen Mattrey, of law firm Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, has been the attorney adviser for Clarence High School for more than 10 years along with Justin D. Kloss, attorney at local law firm Kloss, Stenger & LoTempio.

“I am enormously proud of the students,” Kloss said. “It has been amazing to work with these young men and women as they grew over the course of the year into extremely talented advocates. I would also like to thank the parents, the school faculty, and the Clarence community for all of the support that they have given us.”

For information on the Mock Trial program visit www.nysba.org/NYSMockTrial.

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