The GSB Mock Trial Club took part in the Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition at the Somerset County Courthouse on January 12 and January 18. This year's trial was a civil case of defamation. Highlights of the trial included Patrick Reilly, '17 and Martine DiDomenico '17 earning "outstanding witness" designation.
To prepare for the annual competition, the Mock Trial Club meets twice each week from October through mid-January. The team is led by attorney coach Dan Smith, Esq., father of Emily Smith '20, Upper School science teacher Len Grabowski, who has been involved with the club for more than 20 years, and Margery Schiesswohl who serves as ninth-grade dean and teaches performing arts and ninth-grade seminar.
This year's team comprised defense attorneys Carleigh Matthews '17 and Anthony Lake '18; defense witnesses Justine Murray '17, Reilly and Rachel Wei '18; plaintiff attorneys Pia Bahtia '17 and Genny Fischer '17; plaintiff witnesses DiDomenico, Armeen Mozaffari '17 and Emily Smith '20.
After the event, Schiesswohl offered, "We are very proud of the work the club does and the way they represent the school. Mock trial is an invaluable experience for students, whether they intend to pursue a career in law or just have an interest in critical thinking, public speaking and performance."
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.