(Posted February 7, 2019)

Courtesy: Molly Harris

Courtesy: Molly Harris

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Over the weekend of Jan. 26 and 27, the Juniata College Mock Trial teams competed in the Blue Jay Invitational at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. During the invitational, Juniata student Molly Harris, a sophomore from Tyrone, Pa., received an Outstanding Witness Award.

During the tournament, Harris was assigned the witness role of Harper Villafana, for which she had to cry on the stand. For this case, Harris was given a score of 19/20 from the judges.

“Other than learning my witness statement, it was mostly spontaneous,” says Harris. “The Juniata Mock Trial team gave me so much support for this role since this was the first time I’ve been a witness in a long time. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their support.” 

Throughout the competition, the College’s mock trial teams registered wins over Wake Forest University, Johns Hopkins University, Washington and Jefferson College, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Harris participates in mock trial because “it is an intellectual challenge and it makes me a better public speaker. It also helps me because I want to pursue a career in the legal field.”

Harris and the other Juniata College Mock Trial team members will compete in a regional competition this coming weekend in State College, Pa.


—Written by Taylor M. Smallwood ’19—  

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.