If you’ve ever seen a group of suspiciously well-dressed 15-17 year-olds walking the hallways of EGHS, chances are it was the mock trial team. This group of 12 students, led by Mr. Mcpartlin, competes annually in Rhode Island’s mock trial league with schools across the state. Traditionally, the team has not failed to make the playoff rounds. However in recent years, we have done exceptionally well, facing a close loss to La Salle Academy in the state finals last year. This year, the team is looking to continue a winning playoff streak and compete in the finals for the second time. They have already won against teams from La Salle and Wheeler, some of the highest ranked teams in the state. Many of EG’s best pseudo-lawyers are seniors who have been in the program since middle school, such as Ben Markstone, who says he has loved “having the opportunity to try an activity that could turn into a career I could be interested in, while at the same time engaging with some of the smartest and most interesting kids from around the state.”
The team moved on to the quarterfinals today against Bay View. Hopefully our season will involve many more trips to the Garrahy district courthouse to face more occasionally scary judges, make more objections, and do what we do best – argue. I hope for a successful remainder of the season partly because we’d be the first team from East Greenwich to win the state finals, and partly because, quite frankly, no one expects us to do so (hence some frustration from Mr. McPartlin for every unexpected win requires more money for bus rides). Mostly I hope to succeed because I’d like my last season with the seniors to be as long as possible. Just think- after this they’re being let into the real world, and can you imagine Yash Dhuri, Dylan DePriest, Zack Johnson, Ben Markstone, or Vincent Deceraris representing real people in real court someday? Though the thought might terrify some of you, I can assure you that their collective argumentative abilities and extreme amounts of subtle sass get the job done.