MTHS wins county Mock Trial title

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – For the third consecutive year, Middle Township High School’s Mock Trial Team is the Cape May County champion.

“It’s just exciting to represent Cape May County,” said team coach Martina Trapani.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Middle’s team will face Ocean County’s Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Sciences in New Brunswick in the first round of the regional finals.

Having seven newcomers on Middle’s team heading to the regional competition is “a little scary,” Trapani said.

There are three seniors on the team.

“So they’re the backbone of the team and they’re propelling everyone else,” Trapani said.

The Mock Trial Team won the state in 2011 and competed in the national level; last year the team lost in the regional competition. 

Twelve students are part of the MTHS Mock Trial Team: Alex Casper, Ashley Smutnik, Victoria Shappell, Gabby Guiliano, Lauren Anderson, Ryan Hildebrandt, Dylan Rhile, Morgon Goranson, Dominique McNeil, Casey Salvadore, Brandon Brady and Jack Wade. Some of the students are understudies on the team.

Teacher coaches are Trapani and Joseph Towns, and the attorney coach is Fred Mick.

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