Juniata’s Mock Trial Team wraps up successful season

Courtesy photo Juniata College Mock Trial Team members Courtney Frye and Dan Cummins meet with their coach, Attorney David Andrews (center).

HUNTINGDON — Juniata College’s Mock Trial team concluded a successful season recently, establishing its prowess as a nationally ranked competitor.

Led by Attorney David Andrews ’74, the team has advanced to the National Playoffs each of the three years the team has been in existence.

“Juniata Mock Trial has distinguished itself on a national level with a National Ranking,” Andrews said.

“We have achieved our success with playing large Division One schools since there are no distinctions between school sizes in Mock Trial.”

The team came within one trial of advancing to the 2021 National Championship.

Juniata defeated Cornell University in the playoffs but lost a 2-1 decision to the University of Michigan, which advanced to the National Championship.

During this season, the Juniata Team took first place at the Carnegie-Mellon University Tournament and earned Top Five honors at the Happy Valley Invitational at Penn State and the University of California at Berkeley.

In advancing out of its Regional Playoffs, the team defeated Baylor University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Arizona.

The team featured attorneys Courtney Frye ’21 of Roaring Spring and Nattie Daversa ’23 of Altoona.

Over the course of the season, its team members garnered numerous Outstanding Attorney and Outstanding Witness Awards, including leading the Regional Tournament with five individual awards.


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