Mock Trial Team Finishes in Final Four


The high school’s Mock Trial team won the first round of the Suffolk County playoffs on March 16.  The prosecution team successfully argued their case against Comsewogue High School before the Hon. Anthony Senft in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, qualifying them for the Suffolk County Elite Eight round. The lawyers for East Islip were Brittney Baker, Bella Pizzuto and Katrina Shea, and the witnesses were Steve Geiseler, Emma McGaugh and Kierstin O’Hara.

“Our team was thrilled to have the support of many parents, family members and friends who came out to watch the trial,” said team adviser Patricia Lester.

On March 23, East Islip defeated longtime rivals William Floyd in the Elite Eight competition at District Court, extending their undefeated season to 6-0. The case was argued before the Hon. Judge Robert Cicale, with defense lawyers Madison Lane, Jessica Muroff and Joe Teknus facing off against a tough and polished prosecution team from Floyd. Outstanding performances by East Islip witnesses O’Hara, Pizzuto and Christian Thomesen helped seal the verdict in East Islip’s favor. Pizzuto proved particularly impressive as she stepped in at the last minute as a substitute for a sick teammate who could not compete.

East Islip went on to compete in the Suffolk County Final Four, held at the District Court on April 6. While losing in the semifinals, the team finished among the top 32 teams in New York State Mock Trial Tournament.

They later competed in two single-day events, finishing in the quarterfinals at Long Island Law Day and in second place at the Plainview-Old Bethpage John. F. Kennedy High School Moot Court Tournament on April 7.