For the first time in its history, the Upper School Legal Wyverns, KO’s competitive mock trial team, advanced to the Final Four in the annual Connecticut High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by Civics First, Inc. The plaintiff’s side traveled to Middletown Superior Court to compete against a strong team from Stamford’s Westhill High School, arguing Archer v. Detail Security a tort case in which a former college track star is suing a security company after one of its guards shot him with a taser during a Constitution Day commemoration at the State Capitol in Hartford.
Caitlin Budzik ‘21, Mia Seymour ‘19, and Michael Autorino ’19 served as the lawyers, while William Wells ‘22, Alyssa Pilecki ‘20, and James Ravalese ’20 served as witnesses. The team was supported by long-serving bailiff and timekeeper, Matt Safalow ’19. Coach Ryan Costantini, who started KO’s mock trial program in 2008, said of the team “I could not be more proud of how the Legal Wyverns performed yesterday. From the start of the year, the team has been laser-focused on making a statement in this year’s competition and that they have done. We have a deeply experienced team, many of whom are veterans of our middle school program, and that experience showed. I am particularly pleased that we had students from every Form competing. I would like especially to recognize Mia, Michael and Thomas Betts ’19 for setting the tone as our Captains this year and, of course, my co-coaches, Theresa Ravalese and Matthew Budzik for all their hard work.”
The next round of the competition will be the first week of March when the Legal Wyverns will take on either Weston or Lyme/Old Lyme High Schools for a spot in the Finals. The winning team will represent Connecticut at the National High School Mock Trial Championship, which will be held in Athens, Georgia this May.
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