Kent Place Mock Trial Team Wins Union County Tournament
Kent Place School is pleased to announce its Mock Trial team as the 2020 Union County Mock Trial Champion. Beating out five teams over the course of several weeks, the KPS students clinched the victory by defeating Oratory Prep in the final round on Tuesday, January 28. This is the first time that Kent Place has won the Union County tournament.
The team has faced Oratory Prep in the finals every year since 2016. “To be a part of the team that achieved the goals of every one of our captains since freshman year is something really special,” said Maya Vuchic '20. “I'm so grateful to be able to share this success with these hardworking and wonderful mock-trialers!”
The competition begins in the fall, when the New Jersey State Bar Association releases a Mock Trial case. Members of each team are then assigned to be lawyers or witnesses for both the prosecution and the defense, and spend time writing direct and cross-examinations for the witnesses and opening and closing statements for the lawyers. The team hones its statements at practices and members recite their pieces with one another before presenting their trial to the judges, performing in character as either a witness or lawyer.
“I am very proud of our team,” said coach Richard Morey. “Many of these girls have been with us for four years, and I am thrilled that they could be a part of the team growth over several seasons.”
Kent Place Mock Trial team members are seniors Sonia Parmar, Sophie Schmitz, Margo Costigan, Sara Wheatley, Adrianna Guarino, and Maya Vuchic; juniors Audrey Alix, Lizzie Beckett, Jenna Smith, and Maya Ranji; sophomores Julie Fisher, Maggie Sher, Kathryn Turner, Eirian Huang; and freshmen Liz Khidekel and Kristine Yang. The team is coached by Richard Morey and John Garde.
Participation in one of the many extracurricular clubs and activities is an integral part of the Kent Place School experience. For more information about Kent Place student life, please visit www.kentplace.org/student-life.
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When it comes to academics, it pays to challenge yourself. I'm in the Bioethics Symposium, presenting research on the ethics of genetically-enhanced intelligence. At times it's daunting—research, deadlines, time management—but it's also a whole new way of thinking. Very independent and "you-driven." –Isabella, sophomore
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There are no jocks here at Kent Place, no science geeks, no theater nerds. Last month a varsity athlete went to sing at the Vatican. Everyone here has some unique quality — and they’re amazing at what they do. –Claire, senior
MATH COMES FROM YOU
When you've computed something for yourself, the story is different. The girls here feel like the math is coming from them, rather than from a textbook. You won't hear a Kent Place girl ask, "What answer are they looking for?" The girls are looking for their own answers, and they're on their own path. –Dr. Ralph Pantozzi, Mathematics Department Chair
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And multiple extracurricular activities. Busy days, and a few late nights. But through it all, don’t lose your sense of fun. –Alessandra, junior
KPS alumnae are amazing. I met one alumna after a math and science panel who works in retail architecture. That made me think about a cool way to combine two of my interests — math and fashion. –Amber, junior
YOUR TIME AT KPS IS GOING TO OPEN UP OPTIONS YOU HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.
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In the Middle School we do a Science Expo—either two or four people work on a science project for a couple of months and then present it to the entire class. We go into some in-depth projects and it’s incredible what we learn along the way, and how willing our teachers are to help us through the tough parts. –Toni Ann, eighth grade
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Every girl here learns from an early age how to speak up and speak to adults. You never feel silly raising your hand, and you’re given lots of opportunities to speak publicly. I’m never shy about saying what’s on my mind. –Vittoria, fourth grade
ETHICS WILL CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE OUTLOOK.
Right away, we tackled questions of "right versus right." We're learning to look at every issue from both sides, which helps with everything from homework to friendships. –Elizabeth, eighth grade