Welcome to the official website for Wesleyan Mock Trial!

Wesleyan at the Coast Guard Academy's Guardian Invitational on October 14-15, 2017. This was our first invitational of the season, and WesMock won first place fielding a team of almost entirely new members.

2017-18 Season

December 2-3, 2017

Yale Invitational: WesMock sent two teams to the Yale Invitational: one in the A division, and one in the B division. Both teams did great jobs and enjoyed competitive rounds. In the A division, Zenzele Price won an award for her outstanding performance as a prosecution attorney, and Heather Pincus won an award for her outstanding performance as a defense attorney. In the B division, Tobias Wertime won an award for his outstanding performance as a defense attorney.

November 11-12, 2017

Great American Mock Trial Invitational: Wesleyan Mock Trial competed at the Great American Mock Trial Invitational in Washington, D.C.! We enjoyed the competitive field and had a successful showing. Zenzele Price won an award for her outstanding performance as a prosecution attorney and Heather Pincus won an award for her outstanding performance as a defense attorney (25 ranks each). Full results here.

Hooter Invitational: Wesleyan Mock Trial sent another team to the Hooter Invitational in Philadelphia. WesMock came in 2nd, winning 6 ballots. Nell Buechler won an award for her outstanding performance as a prosecution attorney (20 ranks), and Tess Vartanian won an award for her outstanding performance as a defense attorney (18 ranks). Will Dempsey won an award for his outstanding performance as a prosecution witness (18 ranks), and Nell Buechler won an award for her outstanding performance as a defense witness (18 ranks). Full results here.

October 14-15, 2017

Guardian Invitational: Wesleyan Mock Trial sent a team of all new members (except for one prosecution attorney!) to compete at the Guardian Invitational, hosted by the Coast Guard Academy. Wesleyan finished in first place with an undefeated 8-0-0 record. Zenzele Price won an award for her outstanding performance as a prosecution attorney (20 ranks), Ethan Addis won an award for his outstanding performance as a defense attorney (19 ranks), and Virginia Sciolino won an award for her outstanding performance as a defense attorney (16 ranks). On the bye-bust team, Tess Vartanian won an award for her outstanding performance as a prosecution attorney (19 ranks) and Joshua Ng won an award for his outstanding performance as a prosecution attorney (16 ranks). Full results here.

 

2016-17 Season

April 21-23, 2017

33rd National Championship: Wesleyan's A team traveled across the country to Los Angeles, CA, to compete alongside the top 48 teams in the country. These teams were divided into two divisions with 24 teams each. There, Wesleyan placed 7th in its division and tied for 13th overall with a record of 7-5-0. This marks it as one of the top 15 teams in the country this year. Roman Darker won an award for his outstanding performance as a plaintiff witness. Full results here.

 

March 18-19, 2017

Central Islip Opening Round Championship Series: Wesleyan sent two stacked teams to compete at the Central Islip Opening Round Championships. This was the first time Wesleyan was able to send two teams to ORCS. There, out of the 24 teams that competed, Wesleyan's A team placed 5th with a record of 5-2-1 and earned the school's first bid to Nationals. Wesleyan's B team placed 14th with a record of 3-5-0. Tess Vartanian won an award for her outstanding performance as a witness on the B team's plaintiff side. Erica Arensman won awards for her outstanding performance as an A team plaintiff attorney and defense witness. Full results here.

 

February 11-12, 2017

Regionals: Wesleyan sent three stacked teams to compete at Regionals in two locations: Fordham University in New York and Yale University in New Haven.

New Haven: Wesleyan's A team won a bid to Opening Round Championship Series and its B team's strong record later won it an open bid to the same ORCS. Out of the 28 teams competing, Wesleyan's A team placed 4th with a record of 6-2-0 and its B team placed 7th with a record of 4-2-2. Molly Muoio won an award for her outstanding performance as an A team defense witness and Erica Arensman won an award for her outstanding performance as an A team plaintiff attorney. Full results here.

New York: Out of the 28 teams competing, Wesleyan's C team placed 13th with a record of 4-4-0. This was the first time Wesleyan has fielded a C team. Full results here.

 

December 2-4, 2016 

21st Annual Yale Mock Trial Invitational: Wesleyan rounded out its fall season with its second showing in the B-division of an invitational tournament at Yale University. It sent a mixed team. Out of the 20 competing teams in its division, Wesleyan placed 13th with a 3-5-0 record. Zenzele Price won an award for her outstanding performance as a plaintiff witness. Full results here.

 

November 19-20, 2016

11th Annual Justice Louis D. Brandeis Invitational: Wesleyan sent another mixed team to Brandies University to compete at an invitational tournament. Of the 20 teams present, Wesleyan placed 16th with a 2-6-0 record. Zenzele Price won an award for her outstanding performance as a defense attorney. Full results here.

 

 

October 15-16, 2016

Guardian Invitational: Wesleyan sent a mixed team of novices and returners to compete at an invitational tournament hosted by Coast Guard Academy. Of the eight teams present, Wesleyan placed 4th with a 4-2-2 record. Victoria Hammitt and Nat Warner won awards for their outstanding performance as plaintiff attorneys. Full results here.

 

2015-16 Season

March 19-20, 2016

Wilmington Opening Round Championships: Wesleyan A competed in ORCS at the University of Delaware Law School. Out of the 24 teams present, Wesleyan placed 11th. Zenzele Price won an award for her outstanding performance as a prosecution attorney. Full results here.

 

February 20-21, 2016

New Haven Regionals: Wesleyan sent two stacked teams to compete at the 2015-16 regional qualifying tournament. This tournament had the largest field of competitors of any regional tournament that year, and was the only tournament in AMTA history where a 6-0-2 record would not guarantee a team advancement to the next round of competition. Wesleyan B had a strong showing and placed 14 out of the 32 total teams. Wesleyan A placed 9th, tying its win/loss records with three other teams but losing to them on competitor strength. Wesleyan A was put on the open bid list and received an invitation to the next round of competition within a week. Erica Arensman won an award for her outstanding performance as a witness on the defense. Full results here.

 

December 5-6, 2015

Yale Invitational: Wesleyan sent a team of mixed new members and returners to compete in the 20th annual Yale Invitational where we placed 5th in the second division based on weighted partial-ballots and 3rd based solely on partial-ballots. Full results here.

Hawk Invitational: Wesleyan sent a team of almost entirely first-year mockers to compete in the Hawk Invitational, where they were recognized for their good sportsmanship and embodiment of the ideals of competition with the Spirit of AMTA Award. Full results here.

 

November 7-8, 2015

Hooter Invitational: Wesleyan sent a team of two returners and four first-year college mockers to the Hooter Invitational in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Despite competing against three of the top-five finishers--including the first and second placed teams--Wesleyan came away with an impressive 4-4 record and Zenzele Price won a top attorney award.

 

2014-15 Season

March 7-8, 2015

San Diego Opening Round Championship Series: Wesleyan send eight team members to the West Coast to compete at the San Diego ORCS. There, Wesleyan placed ninth amid a tough competitive field and Erica Arensman won an award for her performance as a witness. Full results here.

 

January 30-February 1, 2015

Manchester Regionals: Wesleyan competed at the Manchester Regionals tournament, where it received an honorable mention for its competitive success and Erica Arensman received a top attorney award. There, Wesleyan became one of only three schools to take any part of a ballot award from Harvard A, the eventual national champions. Full results here.

Class of 2018

Zenzele Price

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Becca Elsner

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Becca Elsner is a senior Government and East Asian Studies double and a Russian studies minor. Becca is from Scarsdale, NY - kinda (her family relocated down to Georgia, hometown identity in crisis?). She is currently serving as Wesleyan Mock Trial's Internal President, and is a part of Vicious Circles, Wesleyan's best ultimate frisbee team. Becca is passionate about soup, pretzels and TV shows with an average audience age of 60+. If you're interested in pretending to have scientific expertise without actually knowing science, Becca's your girl!

Class of 2019

Heather Pincus

Heather Pincus is a junior double majoring in Economics and Government. She is currently serving as Wesleyan Mock Trial's External President, and loves Mock Trial more than pretty much anything. Originally a Public Forum Debater, she converted to Mock Trial her freshman year of college. Heather is originally from Washington, D.C. and hopes to go to (eventually!) go to law school. Aside from Mock Trial, Heather serves on the Government Majors Committee and enjoys long walks on the beach.

Heather Pincus is a junior double majoring in Economics and Government. She is currently serving as Wesleyan Mock Trial's External President, and loves Mock Trial more than pretty much anything. Originally a Public Forum Debater, she converted to Mock Trial her freshman year of college. Heather is from McLean, Virginia (or Washington, D.C., depending on who's asking) and hopes to (eventually!) go to law school. Aside from Mock Trial, Heather serves on the Government Majors Committee and enjoys long walks on the beach.

William Dempsey

Will Dempsey is a junior double major in Government and Philosophy. Will hails from Stamford, CT, and plays for Old Methodist Rugby, Wesleyan's club team. If you had to ask Will for one thing to put in a bio on the Mock Trial website, he might shrug his shoulders nonchalantly, much like a regular dude. But if you're feeling the urge to discuss Wittgenstein's Tractatus with someone who knows and loves it, Will's your guy.

 

Class of 2020

Nell Buechler

Nell Buechler '20 is a College of Letters and History double major with a minor in French. When she's not at Wes, Nell lives in Austin, Texas. This is Nell's second year doing Mock and her first year really understanding what hearsay is. If you're looking for someone who cares more about Napoleon than her own well-being, then Nell is the person to talk to. 

Chelsea Cantos 

Josh Ng

Josh Ng is a prospective English and Economics double major from Hong Kong. It’s easy to spot Josh when he plays an expert witness: he wears a pair of black rimmed glasses and acts as pedantic as Paul from Midnight in Paris (not a character trait). When he’s an attorney, he sits on the edge of his chair, and utilizes over-the-top hand and arm gestures. When he’s not working on mock trial, you'll probably find him watching The Office and Parks and Rec in his room, reading instantly gratifying books (e.g. Dan Brown’s oeuvre), or thinking about mock trial.

Eugene Smith 

Eugene Smith is a sophomore from central Florida (aka the middle of nowhere) double majoring in Government and American studies. This is his second year doing mock trial and he hopes to spread the good news of diction drills to every member on the team. When he is on the bench he likes to consider himself the suave attorney that will make all the old men judges swoon. When he is not doing mock he his ruining friendships by arguing with his friends due to the need to release his competitive edge.

Tess Vartanian 

Tess Vartanian is a prospective History and Government double major from Virginia (no, not northern Virginia). This is her second year of Mock Trial and she has already taken up the habit of justifying her improvised closings as “extemporaneous speaking.” When she’s not obsessing over Mock Trial, you can find her riding horses with the Wesleyan Equestrian Team or ranting about the decline of Western Civilization at the Wesleyan Political Union.

Toby Wertime 

 

Tobias Wertime is a sentient being from the fourth dimension, sent by abstract, omniscient entities to ensure that Wesleyan Mock Trial would have a person to organize social events, and to try their very best to get everyone as [redacted] as possible, as often as possible. He’s from Bangkok, Thailand and enjoys gossiping with fellow mock trial enthusiasts Joshua Ng and Aditi Mahesh about mutual friends from High School. He is a History and Economics double major and French Minor, and, much to the chagrin of his editor, enjoys writing about soccer for the Wesleyan Argus.

Lexi Prendergrast

Alexandra (Lexie) Prendergast travels a LENGTHY distance to get to Wesleyan— Waterbury traffic adds at least twenty minutes onto an otherwise hour-long trip from her hometown of Danbury, Connecticut. Though she’s a sophomore, this is her first year of Mock Trial. If you’re looking for her, you can find her on the fourth floor of PAC reading *literally* 1,000 tear-stained pages of Karl Marx or Jean-Jacques Rousseau or maybe John Locke (she is a CSS major). If you’d like to attend a talk about Adam Smith on justice, she’ll gleefully point you in the right direction.

Lucy Poturyan

Lucine Poturyan is a sophomore hailing from the little known town of Hollywood, California. She’s a prospective double major in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies (REES) and Government, with a concentration in international relations. When she isn’t frantically penning directs, Lucine can be found  wasting all her points on Cheez-Its®, oil painting, or going through one hundred and fifty tweet-long threads composed of solely iconic vines, because c’mon, who hasn’t been there. Also, her last name is derived from an archaic word for pants. Yup, pants.

 

Class of 2021

Aditi Mahesh

Aditi Mahesh is a prospective Government and Psych major (or CSS major…depends on who she’s talking to). Every time someone asks Aditi where she’s from, she has a bit of panic- because she really has no idea. She was born in Seattle, but grew up in Houston, Bombay, and Singapore. In high school she was an avid MUNner (along with Tobias!) which encouraged her to try out for mock trial at Wes! 

Bella Morais

Ethan Addis

Ethan Addis is from Philadelphia, representing the 212 and the class of 2021. Ethan's life in the Windy City is not a walk in the park; he always has to carry chapstick and can only use too-small umbrellas. Ethan is a prospective major in maybe government or maybe CSS with maybe a minor in the QAC womp womp who knows? Not Ethan! Outside of Mock Trial, Ethan runs by himself and also goes to college at Wesleyan University.

Jacob Barabas

Jacob Barabas is a freshman from Fair Haven, NJ. This is his first year in Mock Trial and so far everything seems great. In addition to competing in Mock Trial, Jacob plays viola in an ensemble. His favorite president is Teddy Roosevelt, and his favorite food is steak. Jacob went to a biologybased high school, and never wants to learn about a golgi apparatus again. Current interests include government, economics, math, and law.

Jonah Skolnik

Jonah is a prospective History and possibly College of Letters double major. Jonah comes from Concord, Massachusetts, a town basically straight out of a Thornton Wilder play. This is his first year doing mock trial, but has already fallen madly in love with it. Outside of mock, Jonah has an unhealthy obsession with history, enjoys debating politics, and rewatching every episode of Game of Thrones, nerdishly comparing it to real history.

Nia Eddy-Pina

Nia Eddy-Pina is a freshman and a prospective philosophy and government major. This is her first year competing in Mock Trial on the collegiate level and she's very excited for the opportunity. When, she is not seen running late to a meeting for Mock Trial, she's playing Field Hockey for the Wesleyan Cardinals or reading some obscure philosophy text.

Nika Litt

Nika Litt is a Freshman who hails from the quaint, small town of Los Angeles. He has been doing Mock Trial ever since 10th grade, but took a break during senior year because he would get nervous rashes and shakes before having to compete. No wonder he joined Wesleyan’s Mock Trial team! Nika is a prospective Theater and Math major (I know, how liberal arts of him). Outside of Mock, you can find Nika either watching an obscene amount of television, memorizing the birthdays of random celebrities, or staring blankly at walls.   

Pablo Wickham

Fitzroy Wickham, AKA Pablo, is a freshman and a prospective double major in Neuroscience and Theatre. Pablo is from Jamaica (where Mock Trial is non-existent) and this is his first time dabbling with it. Now a convert, he is looking to sharpen his skills in the art. When Pablo isn’t doing Mock, you can find him singing aloud in the wrong key, watching music videos, napping or playing fusball in Bennet. He is a friendly guy and so are his other personalities.

Virginia Sciolino 

Virginia Sciolino is, contrary to popular belief, from Mississippi- not Virginia- and came to Wesleyan to see snow and continue the Mock Trial career she started during her Sophomore year of high school (she was busy watching Futurama and Desperate Housewives during Freshman year). She is a prospective Film or Religious Studies (or History or Government) major- who’s to say? - but plans to go to law school after college. If you need extra legal pads, an overwhelming field of conscious presence, hand-crafted Mock Trial doodles, or a conversation about William James or Lyndon B. Johnson, Virginia is your girl.

William Mahoney

 

Alumni

Erica Arensman

Victoria Hammitt

Molly Muoio

Nat Warner

Roman Darker

 

We are always eager to hear from perspective members. We hold tryouts at the beginning of the fall semester each year. Whether you're a high school student considering applying or coming to Wesleyan, or a current Wesleyan student who might want to try out next year, we'd love to talk to you. Feel free to contact our external president Heather Pincus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or our internal president Becca Elsner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Wesleyan Mock Trial is an uncoached, entirely student run mock trial program. We grow every year, and currently field three competitive teams. We finished out last season by competing at the National Championships in Los Angeles, where we placed seventh in our division. Based on our performance over the past several years, we are presently ranked thirtieth in the country by the American Mock Trial Association.

For tournament invitations and scrimmage requests, please contact our External President, Heather Pincus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).