"It was pretty aggressive. It was a lot of tension for the kids, but they weathered it well," said Tim Waxenfelter, the team's teacher coach.
Quigley won the 32nd Annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, which took place at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg. Students competed in the final round of competition against Roman Catholic High School with Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin presiding.
"They did very well. They played the best teams in the tournament," said Waxenfelter, who has served as coach since 1989, when the program first started in Beaver County.
"We've done it before, it's just very exciting every time we do it," he said.
Quigley will represent Pennsylvania in the National Mock Trial finals May 8-10 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Waxenfelter said 44 states are sending teams to compete on Mother's Day weekend. "We expect to do pretty well," he said.
Quigley's mock trial team is composed of five seniors and six underclassmen, including students Sarah Belsterling, T.J. Belsterling, George Burnet, Emily Chinchilla, Emily Cronin, Megan Gannon, Gabrielle Ingros, Ellen Kruczek, Austin Kuntz, Annamarie Lovre and Jacob Stumm. The attorney advisor is Jennifer Popovich.
Quigley Catholic High School also won the 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2013 PBA Statewide High School Mock Trial competitions.
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