Princeton Moot Victory, Again--ONeill/Takyar, Meetings Next Wed/Thurs Nights 7:15--8:30, Be Ready To Present & Debate Bills
We did it again. She did it again. BHS MC dominated the Princeton Moot Tourney for the second time in a row (see spring below). This time though, the finals saw two BHS MC teams (Caitllin ONeill & Delaram Takyar vs Keah Lonergan & Giovanni Esposito), and three teams (Billy Irwin & Carl Dasigan) make the final 16 round. Forty five teams competed at the tourney, with BHS MC bringing eight strong contenders. But it was MC Prez Caitlin ONeill, who was part of the winning team w/ Nicole Hobbs in the spring, who repeated victory this time with junior vp Delaram Takyar. ONeill also won a gavel for top attorney, along with fellow senior Prez Keah Lonergan and junior Chris Giri. The other BHS MC teams who competed with great enthusiasm and excellence were seniors Monica Ague & Patricia Liu, Olivia Mahler-Haug and Griff Radulski, Julianna Venegas and jr Alex Acunzo, and juniors Billy Irwin & Carl Dasigan, Kseniya Shavrova & Catherine Pierre-Louis, Chris Giri & Hannah Young. Even though the weather was a bit rainy and the temperature cruelly cool, and many fought a ferocious flu and even post-op in the ER all night with yours truly, BHS MC managed to keep the heat on and stay healthy enough for another very impressive and inspiring victory -- not a bad way to start a new MCongress season... smile

Speaking of MCongress season, meetings continue next Wed & Thursday night after election no school Tuesday 7:15--8:30, focus will be presenting and debating bills for upcoming Princeton and Yale conferences during weekends before Thanksgiving and after. Bring 25 copies of your bill. smile
Posted on 2009 Oct 18 by James Petela
Princeton Moot Court Dominated By BHS MC Over Easter Weekend -- Hobbs & ONeill WIN Tourney! Seven BHS MC Teams Made To Sweet 16, 4 To Quarters, & 2 to Semis! EPIC! CONCERT ON 18th CANCELLED-- TO BE RESCHEDULED SOON.
What a weekend at Princeton! What a way to end the BHS MC 2009 year! Over Easter weekend, 23 bhsmcers, 11 court teams of two, attended the Princeton Moot Court that took place on the Princeton campus, unlike the Princeton Model Congress in November that takes place in Washington, DC. The PMCourt hosted 47 court teams from 8 schools. This was the third time bhsmc attended this conference, last time being in 2007 and 2001, both times with half as many students, and not making the final tourney. smile

The BHS MCourt teams were led by senior veterans AJ Bishop & Dan Rimm, Dominique Ruddy & Shane Emery, Taryn Mockus & Rachel Cassella, Monica Ague & Delaram Takyar, Katrina Perito & Corey Wells, Kylie Broughal & Keah Lonergan, Gio Esposito & Sergei Poljak, Nicole Hobbs & Caitlin ONeill, Leigh Kamin & Juliana Venegas, Griff Radulski & Alex Roberts, Kseniya Shavrova & Cath Pierre-Louis, and Billy Irwin as an alternate. Only Bishop and Rimm had attended the 2007 conference, as promising sophomores. wink

Moot Court competition is a simulation of an appeals court or Supreme Court hearing, typically raising a constitutional issue, in this conference case involving the wearing of a controversial TShirt by Ms Lucy Sky, and the consequent challenges to her 1st Amendent freedom of expression and religion as well as her 14 Amendment rights involving citizenship privileges and protections. Each round has one team acting as petitioner or respondent, each given 20 minutes to make their case in front of a judge, or judges, who may interrupt and ask questions at any time. Thus, the competition tests student knowledge of the law as well as their public speaking and logical reasoning skills. Since moot courts are not concerned with the credibility of witnesses, they are an effective strategy for focusing student attention on the underlying principles and concepts of justice and teaching them to interpret precedent and make effective use of a case law. angry

Arriving on campus on a sunny warm Thursday afternoon, bhsmers checked into the first class historic Nassau Inn located in the heart of Princeton, then went on a 2 hour walkin, talkin tour led by Petela and his camera, that took advantage of the late afternoon sun setting, shadowy picture perfect time to take many group photos of the troops before battle began on Friday. (See Photo Gallery, pictures have been uploaded:). Dinner at Sottos, a fine Italian restaurant, followed by incredible ice cream at the famous Bent Spoon soon after, fully satisfied the hungry bhsmcers, and energized them to stay up late into the night, early morning going over their 100 page court brief. The troops were also briefed on tourney logistics by the conference directors Julie and Anthony, who joined us for dinner and then came to the hotel for a brief info session. wassat

Waking early, many bhsmcers continued their focus, grind and game faces angry going over cases preparing for the four rounds that were to come that Friday afternoon and evening. Teams were scored on a 50 point system for speaking performance and content knowledge as well as for teamwork. Although the scores were not made known at days end, it was obvious bhsmc teams were competitive and compelling in their performances. smile

After the 5th and final round Saturday morning, the sweet 16 teams were announced for the final tournament. Seven bhsmc teams, more than any other school by far, made it -- Bishop & Rimm, Ruddy & Emery, Ague & Takyar, Perito & Wells, Broughal & Lonergan, Hobbs & ONeill, Radulski & Roberts. After tourney Round 1, four bhsmc teams advanced to the quarter finals -- Bishop & Rimm, Ague & Takyar, Hobbs & ONeill, Radulski & Roberts. The Semis saw two remaining bhsmc teams pitted vs each other like Princeton Tigers -- Seniors Bishop & Rimm vs Juniors Hobbs ONeill, with the Juniors winning by a 3-2 judges decision. (3-5 judges, Princeton students, part of their college moot court team, judged the tourney rounds). wink

The Finals, featuring bhsmcers Hobbs & ONeill vs a team from New Jersey (which had won the tourney in October), were held in the historic Whig hall, in front of 9 Princeton judges, and a room full of students. After 40 minutes of poised, patient and effective argument, rebuttal, and debate by the bhsmc team, a 5-4 decision was awarded to the team of Hobbs & ONeill! As might be expected, applause erupted from the bhsmc side of the hall laughing not to mention a few photos were snapped from yours truly, a tear or two was also experienced by a few! crying

A large trophy was awarded to the winning team of Hobbs & ONeill, as well as to the 3rd place team of Bishop & Rimm. Also receiving awards - gavels - for their outstanding individual attorney performances was soph Delaram Takyar, juniors Nicole Hobbs & Katrina Perito, and senior Dan Rimm. To say again, it was great ending to a great year for BHS Model Congress smile wink tongue laughing smile
Posted on 2009 Apr 15 by James Petela
Columbia MCongress A Success -- Congrats To Award Winners Delaram Takyar-Gavel, Billy Irwin & Joe Flynn HMentions -- Princeton Moot Court Thursday, The Last One! Concert #13 w/ Yale Whiffenpoofs next Saturday April 18, 7pm, BHS
Last Saturday the 4th, 44 BHS MCers, all sophs and frosh, and 5 WISers, traveled to NYC Columbia for a very full and exhausting day of Model Congressing. Two busses left in the dark at 5:50am and returned in the dark just after midnight! It was another great day and conference for BHS MC, with many strong performances by our students, 3 noted above for their awards. Thanks to Gus Peterson, Alberto Cintron, and senior presidents AJ Bishop, Taryn Mockus, Dan Rimm, and Dominique Ruddy for helping chaperone, or better, shepherd the flock of fifty BHS MCers. It was a long morning, but fresh NY bagels sustained us for four hours of committee, followed by a super cmc lunch and three more hours of full sessions, then closing and awards, followed by fun group photos on campus, and finally nighttime featuring delicious VT pizza and walk around and more photos at Times Square. laughing

Photos should be up on site over vacation. Keep an eye out for. crying

Princeton Moot Courters leaving Thursday returning Sat night, short and sweet for the final MConference of the year -- 11 Power Teams of two competing in a field of 40+ for the coveted gavels. Hopes are high, should be an engaging and enjoyable few dayzes smile
Posted on 2009 Apr 07 by James Petela

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