Members of the Northport High School Law Program competed in the Long Island Moot Court Tournament, sponsored by the United States District Court in Central Islip, on Wednesday, November 30. Participating students were assigned to two teams and argued both the student side and the school side of a dispute related to the First and Fifth Amendment rights of students in public schools.
After four rounds of rigorous competition over the course of two days, Northport High school students defeated Bay Shore, and prevailed as the Suffolk County Champions.
Students Sam Rosenfeld-McMahon, Ava Mir, Kailey Ciszek, Molly Zambri, Caitlyn Murphy, Kaden Sposato, Sadie Callaghan and Ashley Granger represented Northport in the tournament. They continued on as Long Island finalists but were ultimately defeated by the Nassau County champions. During the Suffolk County championship round, Northport was represented by Sam Rosenfeld-McMahon and Ava Mir. In the finalist round, Northport was represented by Kailey Ciszek and Molly Zambri.
During the tournament, students worked with volunteer mentor attorneys Mark Goidell, David Lazer and Megan Murphy, along with Law Program Coordinator David Scott. Students enjoyed a challenging and rigorous competition, testing their advocacy skills and knowledge of constitutional law. Cases were argued before distinguished panels of judges and volunteer attorneys with significant experience in federal litigation and appeals.
“The feedback to our students was overwhelmingly positive, complimenting them on their professionalism and preparation. We look forward to next year’s tournament and thank the students and attorney volunteers who worked very hard to enjoy this tremendous success. This was a rewarding learning experience for all involved,” said Mr. Scott.