Winsor School earns top 20 finish at Mock Trial Nationals

Issue July/August 2017

Representing Massachusetts, the Winsor School of Boston placed 18th out of 46 teams in the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Hartford, Conn., on May 11-13.

Each year, approximately 30,000 students participate in local high school mock trial competitions throughout the United States, Guam, South Korea and the Northern Mariana Islands. Between four rounds and two full days of competitions, students, coaches, parents and supporters had an opportunity to enjoy nightly events and take in all the sights, sounds, flavors and culture that Hartford offers.

Winsor earned the right to compete in the national championship by winning its fourth Massachusetts state championship in the last five years in March - its fifth state title since 2010.

The students competing for Winsor at the national championship were:

  • Lulu Ansari
  • Genevieve Brusie
  • Kaylee Chang
  • Alex Farina
  • Abby Golden
  • Lucie Kapner
  • Megan Kaye
  • Lia Kornmehl
  • Sindhu Krishnamurthy
  • Teresa Lawlor
  • Izzy Leonetti
  • Izzy Macenka
  • Penny Mack
  • Madeleine Montagner
  • Ariela Rosenzweig
  • Anya Santani
  • Helen Sayegh
  • Abbigale Shi

The team was coached by attorney Josh McGuire, Hon. David Weingarten and teacher-coach Laura Antuna.

A portion of Winsor's trip to the national tournament was funded by a $2,500 donation from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Started in 1985, the Massachusetts Bar Association's Mock Trial Program completed its 32nd year in 2017. The competition places high school teams from across the state in simulated courtroom situations where they assume the roles of lawyers, defendants and witnesses in hypothetical cases. More than 1,500 students at 132 high schools competed in this year's competition.

The Mock Trial Program is administered by the Massachusetts Bar Association, with support from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and Morrison Mahoney LLP. More than 100 lawyers across the state volunteer as coaches and judges.