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The Penn State Mock Trial Association recieved Honorable Menition Trophy

The department congratulates the Penn State Mock Trial Association on their honorable mention finish at the National Championship Tournament!

Here is the team's description of their experience:

"From the day we learned we were going to Nationals, we began prepping our case. At Nationals, we argued the case Alex Taylor vs Trifecta Entertainment. It was a copyright infringement case in which Alex Taylor was suing Trifecta for allegedly copying her play. We argued this case four times during Nationals: twice as Plaintiff and twice as Defense. At Nationals, we knew the competition was strong. The first day showed us how tough the competition would be; we lost all three ballots to Georgia Tech. Although we were disappointed, we learned from the round and knew that we could make a comeback. Fortunately, we did! We won 6.5 ballots throughout the entire weekend, which earned us 11th place in the 24 team division and secured us an honorable mention trophy. Our team member, Danny Vargas, also won an All-American Witness Award for his outstanding witness performance on the defense.

All in all, our Nationals experience was educational and fun. From every trial, we had the opportunity to see another team’s case theory, hear their objection arguments, listen to the rhetoric in their speeches, and view their character witnesses. In addition, we were able to present our objections, crosses, and directs and receive valuable feedback from real life judges and attorneys.

This experience was invaluable. The six team members who are continuing with Mock Trial next year have gained experience and knowledge that will help guide them through the next years full of tournaments. The three graduating members of the team finished their Mock Trial career on the highest note possible. Our entire team is incredibly grateful for this opportunity."

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