NUI Wins the 2017 Middlesex County High School Mock Trial Competition!
Noor-Ul-Iman School wins Middlesex County Mock Trial Championship and Regional Semi-Finals
The 2017 Middlesex County High School Mock Trial Competition began on Monday, January 30, 2017 and concluded late Wednesday night, February 1, 2017.
The competition is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, who provides an annual case to high schools at the beginning of the school year. The team has several months to analyze the case from the perspective of both the plaintiff and the defense, with the help of teacher advisors and attorney coaches. The students play the roles of both attorneys and witnesses. This year’s case is a civil defamation suit.
The three competition days were packed with four rounds of intense trials- two preliminary rounds, followed by a semifinal, after which the two winning teams advanced to finals. This year, teams from high schools all over Middlesex County competed in the preliminary trials.
On Tuesday, the four teams with the highest scores advanced to the next round. Wednesday night, the two semifinal winners, Noor-Ul-Iman School and West Windsor High School, went head to head in the final county championship. After an intense trial, Noor-Ul-Iman emerged as the winners and advanced to the Regional Competition.
On February 7, 2017, Noor-Ul-Iman School won two trials at the Regional semi-finals held at the New Jersey Law Center. In the first round Noor-Ul-Iman’s team competed against Colt’s Neck High School and won with the Plaintiff side and again competed in a second round with the Plaintiff side, winning against Princeton Day School’s Defense. The team will compete in Regional Finals on February 28, 2017 also at the New Jersey Law Center.
The Noor-Ul-Iman School team’s teacher coach is Suzy Ismail, the attorney coach is Jenee Ciccarelli, and the alumni assistants are Noor Rostoum and Aysha Azmat. The team captains are Meryem Turan and Isra Thange.
The team is composed of the following students: Plaintiff side; Meryem Turan- Attorney, Faizan Ahmed- Attorney, Zeynab Kwara- Witness, Jannah Rostoum- Witness, Layla Sakr- Witness. On the Defense side; Isra Thange- Attorney, Uthman Qureshi- Attorney, Maryam Mairaj- Witness, Aya Mansour- Witness, Alyan Usmani- Witness. The team backups are Nora Asker, Ranya Essafi, Hana Memon, Safiyyah Mosaad, and Afraah Shaikh,
In reflecting on the team’s progress, Coach Ismail stated: “At a time when many Muslim youth are questioning their identities and the role they play in government and society at large, it is crucial that we continue to promote opportunities and avenues that empower our high school students and help them better understand the importance of civic engagement. I am so proud of these students who have put in so many long hours learning the law, practicing their speaking skills, and honing their ability to form sound arguments in order to excel in mock trial. These high school students really do define what it means to be hard-working, dedicated, and committed to ensuring that their voices are heard. It is through activities like mock trial that we are building the next generation of American leaders.”