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Albany High advances in mock trial tourney

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 8, 2019) -- The Albany High School Model UN Club defeated students from CBA on Wednesday to advance to the next round of the county-level New York Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament.


In mock trial competitions, each school is assigned the position of defense or prosecution on a real case. Students argue both sides of the case and assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Local judges or attorneys score teams based on preparation, performance and professionalism.


Other student teams participating in the tournament include Academy of the Holy Names, Albany Academies, Bethlehem High School, CBA, and Voorheesville High School.


The next match is March 13 in the Albany County Family Court Chambers.


At the conclusion of elimination rounds in mid-April, the highest-scoring team will compete in regionals against other county winners from throughout the state. The top team from New York’s eight regions will participate in state finals.


Members of the Albany High team are:

  • Mandy Berghela

  • Barak Binyamin

  • Amelia Colafati

  • Ingrid Colafati

  • Ronan Costello

  • Paul Criscione

  • Jaden Cusprinie

  • Edith DeRosa-Purcell

  • Miriam Eligberg

  • Aengus Gillespie

  • Thor Hammer

  • Naya Kennedy

  • Asa Mohammed

  • Zeroun Ni

  • Allison O'Conner

  • Thalia Ottaway

  • Allison Powell

  • Jennifer Powell

  • Elizabeth Powell

  • Jena Rubi

  • Laurel Stix

  • Quinn Urich


The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves approximately 9,500 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

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