Jesuit Mock Trial Competes in District, Advances One Team to State

Posted February 26, 2019 / Last updated June 14, 2022

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Both of Jesuit’s mock trial teams (members listed below)

On Saturday, Feb. 16, two teams of Jesuit student attorneys competed in the Region 4 Mock Trial Tournament held at the Jefferson Parish courthouse in Gretna. Fourteen teams participated in the mock case involving a wrongful death (more info here about the attorneys dealing on this case) resulting from alleged college hazing. Jesuit represented two of those 14 teams.

After two preliminary rounds, the more experienced team of attorneys Bradley Fugetta, Donovan Reynolds, and Hunter Richardson, and witnesses, Sebastian Mac, Ben Wombacher, and Owen Ettinger made it to the semi-final round, in which they defeated a team from Louise S. McGehee School. The final round was a repeat of last year’s regional final. In an extremely close contest, Jesuit narrowly lost to Haynes Academy but still advances to the State Mock Trial competition on March 30 in Lafayette.

Jesuit’s younger team of attorneys Michael Paul Fine, Ahmed Almoaswes, and Dalton Haydel, and witnesses Caleb Walsh, Jacob D’Amico, Daniel Lee, Preston Rymney, and Ben Tran, performed admirably but lost by split decision to McGehee in Round 1 before defeating Rummel in Round 2.

Sebastian Mac receives his Best Witness award.

In individual awards, Sebastian Mac was named best witness.

Jesuit congratulates both mock trial teams on their efforts. The upperclassmen team looks forward to the state competition.

The team is coached by Brett Wise ’82, Mike Mentz ’74, John Becknell ’05, and Jeffrey Hufft ’98.