Mock Trial Club Competes in Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition

Our Mock Trial team participated in the Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington, sponsored by DELREC (Delaware Law Related Education Center). In the competition, students act as attorneys and witnesses and try a fictional case. There were 17 teams from 15 schools competing. 

Our team included the following:
Back row (left to right): Rebecca Younger, Bill Grebe, Sean Allen ’23, Will Ansley ’23, Nick Nuñez ’23, Eric Yoon ’24, Evan Annone ’24, Jake Randall ’23, Winston Yalamanchili ’23
Front row (left to right): Ben Devlin ’24, Casey Allen ’25, Douglas Barrett ’24, Joe Grande ’26, Adam Menicucci ’26, and Luca Rossi ‘25

In each round, a single student is selected as the best witness, and another is selected as the best attorney. They receive a gavel in recognition of their excellence. The gavel is a significant achievement. Winning more than one is possible but very difficult. We had three students win these gavels: Jake Randall '23, Sean Allen '23, and Will Ansley '23 (who won 2 gavels!).

The “bye buster” team that included, Luca Rossi ’25, Joe Grande ’26, and Adam Menicucci ’26 (pictured left to right) was awarded the Delaware Way Award. They were with four students from Cape Henlopen. The award recognizes the team that best embodies those ideas of civility, justice, and fair play essential to mock trials and our justice system. Because there were 17 teams, DELREC requested that students that were timekeepers, a traditional voluntary position in a student’s first year to learn the ropes, also be part of a “bye buster” team that would become the 18th team. This ensured that no team had to sit out a round (take a bye).