This past weekend Hillsdale sent three teams to the Tournament of Champions, an on-line tournament put on by Mock On Academy, In the case, Mooreville v. Danny Seaside, the defendant was charged with armed robbery and conspiracy in the $150 million heist of the Bellagia Casino. It was one of the most complex and interesting cases Hillsdale teams have tackled. In a 28-team international field, Hillsdale's A Team finished first in the Casino Division and advanced to the championship to face Henrico, the defending champion and reigning VA state champion. Hillsdale fell in a very close match against a fantastic team. Hillsdale's B team finished fourth (of 14) in the Robbers Division. Hillsdale's C Team made a strong showing but did not place. Rhea Jain and Pooja Agarwal won the top witness awards. Pooja, along with Cole Baker and Jack Spillner also took home top attorney awards. Team B also won the Civility Award. The final was live-streamed on YouTube, which you can watch here.
On April 28-29 Hillsdale sent two freshmen, M Thompson and Melody Puls, to Princeton, New Jersey for the 2023 Princeton Moot Court as part of a 68-team national field. Attorneys were asked to make an appellate argument on three issues: 1. whether a prison regulation denying a prisoner the right to take a high school chemistry class violated the First Amendment, 2. whether education is a fundamental right supported by the Constitution, and 3. whether the prison's denial of the right to an education violated the prisoner's right to due process under the 5th and 14th Amendments. Each team had 20 minutes to present their arguments. After seventh tough rounds, M and Melody came home with the fourth place trophy. It was the first time either had competed in a moot court competition. Congratulations!
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