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Greensburg Salem students take top honors at mock trial competition

Jamie Martines
| Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Students from six high schools participated in the Saint Vincent College Mock Trial Clinic and Argument Competition on Oct. 31, 2017. Bruce Antkowiak, left, counsel to Saint Vincent College and Archabbey, professor of law and director of the Saint Vincent College Criminology and Society Program, presented awards to Kate Polechko, Madison Rugh, Claire Simpson and Charity Hipple.
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Students from six high schools participated in the Saint Vincent College Mock Trial Clinic and Argument Competition on Oct. 31, 2017. Bruce Antkowiak, left, counsel to Saint Vincent College and Archabbey, professor of law and director of the Saint Vincent College Criminology and Society Program, presented awards to Kate Polechko, Madison Rugh, Claire Simpson and Charity Hipple.

Students from Greensburg Salem High School took top prizes Tuesday at the Saint Vincent College Mock Trial Clinic and Argument Competition.

Claire Simpson, Madison Rugh and Charity Hipple, all of Greensburg Salem, won first place closing statement, second place opening statement and second place closing statement awards, respectively.

Kate Polechko represented Penn-Trafford High School and took first place in the opening statement competition.

Students from Derry Area High School, Elizabeth Forward High School, Franklin Regional Senior High School and Norwin High School also participated in the competition.

Thomas Grace of the Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office; Benjamin Goodwin of Goodwin Como, PC, Uniontown; Sandra Frye, administrative assistant in the Saint Vincent College Office of Criminology, Law and Society; and professors Sarah Daly and Eric Kocian of the Criminology Department at Saint Vincent served as judges.

T his story has been updated to correct an error in the competition results provided by Saint Vincent College.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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