Juniata mock trial team advances

HUNTINGDON — After a strong performance in the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament at Pennsylvania State University, the Juniata College mock trial team has earned a bid to the opening round of the national championship series in Long Island, N.Y. on March 8-10.

At the regional tournament held Feb. 7-9, Juniata’s team defeated Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, and Ithaca College.

Juniata sophomore Meadow Walshaw-Wertz, from Sunbury, was awarded an Outstanding Witness Award at the closing ceremonies.

Also earning bids to the opening round of the national championship series from the regional tournament were Cornell University, New York University, Columbia University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Scranton.

In addition to Walshaw-Wertz, Juniata’s team members include senior Haley Walker of Altoona, freshman Michaela Musselman of Bedford, junior Olivia Drake of Hollidaysburg, sophomore Anne Hoover of Curwensville, sophomore Fiona Skinner of Camp Hill, freshman Matthew Munoz of Worthington, Ohio; senior Rian Fantozzi of Glenshaw, junior Colin Daly of Camp Hill and freshman Mitch Jellen of Telford.

Attorney David Andrews of Hollidaysburg coaches the Juniata team, which is in its first year of competition.

“This team deserved to win at regionals because they have been working diligently since August to prepare for this tournament,” Andrews said.

Prior to the regional tournament, the team had finished in first place at the St. Bonaventure Tournament and finished in the top five teams at the Johns Hopkins University tournament in January.