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Batavia High School Wins GLOW Region Mock Trial Competition

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BATAVIA, NEW YORK


Batavia High School lost to Frewsburg, out of Chautauqua County, 51-50, this afternoon in the final of Regional Mock Trials Tournament. Both teams were 1-1 in the finals, presided over by Eugene F. Pigott Jr., associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. Frewsburg will compete in the state championship rounds in Albany.

It's the first time in the 31-year history of the tournament that a team from neither Monroe County nor Erie County will represent WNY and the Southern Tier region, according to District Attorney Lawrence Friedman.  Batavia had won the GLOWS Region competition defeating several other schools to make it to the Regional Competiton.

The morning's semifinal rounds were close, with all four teams going 1-1. Batavia and Frewsburg advanced with 117 points each. Pittsford Mendon and Clarence had 116 points each. Judge Robert C. Noonan and Judge Eric R. Adams presided over the morning rounds.

The Batavia team for 2013: Katie Porter, Elena Chmielowiec, Trey Abdella McKenzie Stevens, Becca Canale, Eric DiLaura, Cara Ranalli, Katie Kesler, Kaitlin Logsdon, Matt Gabriel, Bryce Rogers, Danielle Quinn, Beth Bennion, Brandon Smart, Samir Jane, Dylan Beckman, Chelsea Jensen, Adam Weaver and Alex Mott. The Frewsburg team: Sarah Moller, Samantha Mann, Tera Anderson, Alanna Blanchard, Jesse Ernewein, Anthony Mole and Morgan Knight.

Batavia High School’s “dynasty” mock trial team and six people who serve the community and justice system in a variety of ways were honored during the annual Kiwanis Club of Batavia Criminal Justice Awards dinner at Bohn’s Restaurant Thursday. The awards were conducted in conjunction with Genesee County Bar Association’s annual observance of Law Day. Past Kiwanis President District Attorney Lawrence Friedman and GCBA President Mary Kay Yanik presented the night’s first award to members of Batavia High School Mock Trial Team.

The BHS team won the 2013 Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming-Steuben counties District Competition. The team lost by a single point in the regional round. “We had a tremendous group of kids this year,” said Bill Tedford, an attorney with Genesee County Public Defender’s Office who assisted the team. “They worked tremendously hard and it showed all the way through the competition.”

Batavia has had a mock trial team for 11 years and has won the GLOWS district championship 10 times. Friedman coordinates the program. The students were given the Charles L. Mancuso Award, named after the late attorney who for years coordinated Mock Trial competitions. About 100 people attended the Kiwanis dinner.