The New Team in Town: Mock Trial B Team Loses a Close Trial

The Mock Trial B Team was formed this year due to overwhelming interest in mock trial.

Front row: Sarah Meyer, Ebonee Rice, Morgan Bridges, Hanna Denny, and Alicia Endress. Back row: Brent McNeel, Jonathan Clifton, Brandon Escala, and Megan Dale.

It was a heated night for the Tyrone Mock Trial B Team members as they competed in their first trial ever against Bedford on Monday, January 23.

To the new team, earning a win in their first trial ever would be a dream come true. The attorneys were ready to argue for the prosecution in the case of The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Taylor Edsel. The witnesses were prepared to stand their ground during cross questioning and portray their characters believably.

We’ve come so far in just a few months since our team was first created,”

— Junior attorney Morgan Bridges

During the trial, the B Team clearly showed how much work was put in to make the case come together. Unfortunately, that hard work did not result in the team’s first win.

“Even though we didn’t win, I couldn’t be more proud of everyone. It was as if we were a different team competing back in the Pittsburgh competition. We’ve come so far in just a few months since our team was first created,” said B Team attorney junior Morgan Bridges.

The case was tried in front of five jurors at the Blair County Courthouse in Hollidaysburg.

In the end, two jurors ruled in favor of the prosecution while three ruled in favor of the defense.

Two team members went home with individual awards for their performance. Freshman attorney Ebonee Rice was awarded the best advocate award and freshman Hanna Denny was awarded the best witness award.

The team has no senior members, leaving next year to possibly be a year of victory.

The Tyrone B Team will be back in action for its last trial of the season on Thursday at 5:30 pm at the Cambria County Courthouse arguing as the defense.  This trial is open to the public.

The Tyrone A Team will wrap up their season as well on February 8th, arguing as the defense. This will be a rematch of last year’s “Steve Harvey Trial” against Altoona A. The trial is also open to the public and will take place at 6 pm at the Blair County Courthouse.