April 5, 2017
The Saint Vincent College Mock Trial Team has completed another successful session in the courtroom.
“This year the program welcomed back 10 returning students from last year's team as well as four new students who competed on behalf of Saint Vincent for the very first time,” commented Michael Arabia, a 2010 graduate of Saint Vincent who works as a manager for United States Steel Corporation, who is a coach. “The case for this year's competitive season was an employment discrimination lawsuit involving a former writer for a magazine company who is suing a former employer for what is believed to be a wrongful termination in violation of the Age Discrimination Act. Consistent with previous years, the case contained three lawyers and three witnesses for both the plaintiff and defense teams.”
The team has six members who will be graduating in June. The seniors are Jacob Deane, Allison Ware, Elizabeth Becker, Samantha Case, Samantha Striner and Jonathan Nace. “We appreciate all of the efforts these seniors have made to this program during their four years at Saint Vincent and look forward to building on the strong foundation they have left for the most recent team members,” Arabia remarked.
Due to the increase in student participation this semester, Saint Vincent expanded the program for the spring semester to two teams. The spring semester featured competitions at St. Bonaventure University and the Regional Tournament at Penn State University.
The St. Bonaventure Invitational, held Jan. 28-29, was the first time that SVC has competed with two teams at a tournament since the 2009 season. Nace won a best witness award, recognizing him as a top-10 witness at the tournament out of 108 student witnesses. Team A finished with a 4-3-1 record, which is the best record at a tournament by an SVC team since 2009. Two of the three losses came against the University of Michigan who was the eventual champion of the tournament. Team B competed together for the first time and finished with a 1-7 record, collecting their win from St. Bonaventure.
The Penn State Regional Tournament was held Feb. 3-5; 24 teams competed with seven national bids at stake. William Culver won an All Region Attorney Award, recognizing him as a top-10 attorney (tying for 3rd) out of 144 student attorneys at the tournament. Brenton Sige won an All Region Witness Award, recognizing him as a top-10 witness (tying for 2nd) out of 144 student witnesses at the tournament. Team A finished with a 3-5 record, and faced the fifth hardest schedule of all the schools competing according to team records. Team A scored wins against Washington and Jefferson College and Layfayette College. They had a chance to earn a bid to nationals with two wins in the last round, but lost to Lafayette's additional team that was in attendance at the regional site. Team B finished with a 2-6 record, scoring both wins against Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Members of the team include Mitchell Bachman of Butler, a sophomore majoring in history; Elizabeth Becker of Connellsville, a senior majoring in marketing; Samantha Case of Cortland, Ohio, a senior majoring in economics; William Culver of Indian Head, a freshman majoring in politics; Jacob Deane of Freedom, a senior majoring in politics; Edward Kunz of Cranberry Twp., a sophomore majoring in international business; Rebecca McCullough of Harrisburg, a junior majoring in politics; Jonathan Nace of Masontown, a senior majoring in politics; Joe Natali of Bethel Park, a freshman majoring in politics; Ashley Oravetz of Pittsburgh (15239), a junior majoring in criminology, law and society; Jason Scagline of Murrysville, a sophomore majoring in criminology, law and society; Brenton Sige of Harrison City, a junior psychology major; Samantha Striner of Connellsville, a senior majoring in accounting; and Allison Ware of Allison Park, a senior majoring in politics.
Additional students interested in becoming part of the team for 2017 and beyond, as well as potentially enroll in the optional Trial Advocacy course, are encouraged to contact the coaches, George Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michael Arabia (email@example.com), or one of the current student members.
Photo: 1st row - Samantha Case, Elizabeth Becker, Ashley Oravetz, Samantha Striner, Rebecca McCullough, Joseph Natali, Eddie Kunz
2nd row - George Miller (coach), Brenton Sige, Mitchell Bachman, Allison Ware, Jonathan Nace, Jacob Deane, Will Culver, Jason Scagline, and Michael Arabia (coach)
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