Sarah Benjamin ’14, of Warwick, joined her teammates in a celebration at the State House Thursday, May 3, which put an exclamation point on her team’s successful Mock Trial season.
Governor Lincoln Chafee welcomed the Providence Country Day School’s championship team and presented the students with a proclamation before they were introduced on the Senate Floor to members of the General Assembly. Judge Sowa, chairman, Legal-Education Partnership, was also on hand to present the team its trophy. With a win in the finals over Times 2 Academy on April 4 in Rhode Island's Supreme Court, the team finished its season with a record of 3-1, gaining skills and momentum as the season progressed.
According to Coach Stephen Robinson, the assistance of attorney/PCD alumnus/parent and Mock Trial coach Harris Weiner ’76, really boosted the team’s performance in the playoffs.
“He helped the team refine its arguments and its use of the rules of evidence,” said Robinson. “In terms of basic procedural litigation, our team provided an impressive, crisp, clear case. There are a lot of improvisational, linguistic and rhetorical skills that go into making a successful case,” he added.
Both PCD and Times 2 Academy performed admirably, according to Chief Justice Paul Suttell, who presided over the State Championship trial. Learning just 24 hours before the finals which side they would present, the PCD team members argued for the defense – their preference.