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Greensburg Salem mock trial team seeks one for the thumb

| Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:09 p.m.

Greensburg Salem Senior High School is one of 12 schools advancing to the 30th annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition.

The competition will be held Friday and Saturday at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg.

The winning team of the state championship, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, will represent the state in the national competition in May in Indianapolis.

Members of the Greensburg Salem are Kenneth Clark, Anna George, Caitlin Hensel, Paige Kemsey, Garrett King, Lauren Nicassio, Theodore Russell and Courtney Wright.

The teacher coaches are Elizabeth Butler Simone and Judith Washburn and the attorney advisers are Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. and Eric H. Dee.

Greensburg Salem won the 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007 mock trial competitions for Pennsylvania.

Greensburg Salem and Central High School in Martinsburg won the competition for Region 3, which includes schools in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Green, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Indiana, Mifflin, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

The team's victory over Franklin Regional sent it to the state competition for the 12th time in 13 years.

On its way to the county finals, Greensburg Salem defeated teams from Mt. Pleasant Area, Southmoreland and Valley high schools. At states, all 12 teams will compete in two quarterfinal rounds from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

The four winning teams of the quarterfinal rounds will advance to the semifinal round at 8:30 a.m. on March 23.

The state championship round will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday with Lycoming Common Pleas Judge Dudley N. Anderson presiding.

For this year's hypothetical case, a jury must determine if the developer of an urban renewal project is responsible for a crane collapse that killed two people.

During the competition, eight-member student teams are given the opportunity to argue both sides of the case in an actual courtroom before a judge. The students play the roles of lawyers, witnesses, plaintiffs and defendants.

Volunteer lawyers and community leaders serve as jurors in the trials.