Mock Trial Team Volunteers

Mock Trial Team Volunteers

Members of the high school's Mock Trial team worked as volunteers at the American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series tournament in March. The East Islip students were invited to this college mock trial tournament, held at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip, by the event’s coordinator, Suffolk County Bar Association President Harry Tilis.

Known as the Purple Team because of their distinctive purple uniform shirts, East Islip’s students were responsible for guiding judges and competitors through the courthouse, gathering and delivering important paperwork, and helping Tilis keep the tournament running smoothly.

The ORCS tournament was one of several being held around the country.  College mock trial teams from some of the top colleges and universities in the nation, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Tufts, competed at the ORCS for a chance to move on to the National College Mock Championship. 

“What a great group of thoughtful and helpful young people,” said Tilis, praising the East Islip volunteers. “Their generous spirit and respectful and cheerful outlook made this weekend a breeze.”

Senior Angela Loizides was especially excited to attend, as her sister Elizabeth, an alumna of East Islip’s Class of 2015 and former East Islip Mock Trial member, was competing for Wellesley College at the tournament.

“I learned so much from watching the college teams,” said sophomore Tyler O’Neil. “It was a great experience.”

Patsy Lester, East Islip’s coach, also participated at the tournament, serving as scoring judge.

“I’m grateful to Mr. Tilis for offering my students this opportunity, and so proud of them for giving up their weekend to help others,” said Lester.