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Fletcher High School Mock Trial Team Headed to New York City

Duval County Public Schools

Duval County Public School

The Fletcher High School Mock Trial team has been invited to participate in The Empire Mock Trial World Championship Invitational Tournament, which will be held in New York City from October 24 through October 29, 2012. The tournament is the nation's most prestigious high school mock trial tournament, bringing together the top 36 teams from across the United States and around the globe, including teams from the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea, Canada and Australia. The tournament will be held at the King's County Supreme Court, Civil Division in downtown Brooklyn, New York.

Teams from around the world were invited to apply based solely on their level of success in their respective state or country. The final selection was based on factors such as professionalism, sportsmanship, ethics and tradition.

The Fletcher High Mock Trial team is regarded as one of the strongest in the state of Florida. In the 16 years the team has competed, it has placed in the top four teams 10 times, winning one state championship, one runner-up, two third-place finishes and six fourth-place finishes. In March 2012, Fletcher finished fifth in the state, and was also awarded the Legalism and Professionalism Award.

Fletcher High School Mock Trial Team members include:

  • Kerry Burke-McCloud
  • Antonio Gansley-Ortiz
  • Ariana Jones
  • Madeleine Lagoy
  • Corinne Murrell
  • Elizabeth Periera
  • Katie Shapiro
  • Doug Speed
  • Stewart Subjinksi

The trial team at Fletcher has worked countless hours since May to prepare both the plaintiff and defense sides of the case. The students and their advisors spent the entire summer learning the College Mock Trial rules, which are used in the Empire Tournament. The team dedicated weeks to fundraising, primarily through hosting a golf tournament. The team members have been able to raise $7,200, thus far and are working feverishly to raise another $4,800.

The students are coached by Ed Lange, law instructor; Mandy Russo, University of Florida graduate, New York University law student; Carson Lange, attorney with Rogers Towers; Amber Rumancik, attorney with Foley & Lardner; and Jay Howell, attorney with Howell & Associates.