Wyoming Seminary Mock Trial Returns from Invitationals

The Blue and White Team are pictured here after the closing ceremonies of the LaSalle University Invitational.

By Shailee Desai ’21

On January 21, students of the Wyoming Seminary Mock Trial team returned to Sem after competing in their second preseason competition of the year.

After weeks of preparation, the team traveled to LaSalle University’s Blue and Gold Invitational and UPenn’s Ben Franklin Invitational. It was the first time Sem Mock Trial competed with three teams at LaSalle and two at UPenn.

At LaSalle’s invitational, Sem Mock Trial’s Blue Team placed first, with a perfect record of 8-0, the White Team B team placed 4th, with a record of 7-1, and the White Team C held a winning record of 5-3. At UPenn’s Iinvitational, the Blue Team finished in first place, with a record of 8-0 (leaving them with a 16-0 record for the preseason), and the White Team B had a winning record of 5-3. This was the first time that Sem Mock Trial won two preseason tournaments in the same year. Additionally, Molly Leahy won two Top Witness awards, and Meghna Melkote received a Top Attorney award.

After two weekends of winning, the team remains dedicated, considering the next stop is advancing to the state competition. “Nothing has changed,” said Phil Ouellette. “We still have to practice consistently and work hard. Our material and performance can always be better and will continue to get better.” Morgan Price credits this dedication for their performance over the weekend. She says, “The feeling when all that hard work pays off is one you can’t describe. I’m just so proud of everyone and can’t wait for the next step in our journey.”

Kitchen Staff Always Working to Satisfy the Sem Community

By Ms. Miller’s Journalism Class Fall ’17

Kitchen staff prepares three meals a day for 500 plus people in Wyoming Seminary Upper School Fleck Hall. (Photo courtesy of Tina Cheng ‘18)

The daytime crew prepares lunch with four cooks, four servers, and three dishwashers while night crew consists of 10 workers who prepare for the dinner. (Photo courtesy of Tina Cheng ‘18)

Fresh food is prepared every day for Wyoming Seminary students and faculty. (Photo courtesy of Linh Vu ’18)

General Manager Paul McMillan discusses how long meals take to prepare and for how many people. McMillan said preparation time can take between four hours and two days, depending on the menu. (Photo courtesy of Camryn Litjens ‘18)

Pottery Class Experiments With New Techniques and Design

Visual arts teacher Ms. Colleen Ayers displays new pottery designs (Photo courtesy of Meghna Melkote ‘18)

New pottery designs dry in kiln (Photo courtesy of Meghna Melkote ‘18)

Cheyenne Sisenstein ‘18 works on her pottery (Courtesy of Meghna Melkote ‘18)

“If they ask me how I do it, I can’t tell them because I’ll get in trouble” – Ms. Ayers (Photo courtesy of Meghna Melkote ‘18)