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Students shine at Moot Court tournament

Posted 02/03/14

Moot Court team

The Fitchburg State Moot Court team continued its winning ways at the American Moot Court Associational National Tournament held at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University in January.

Nearly 400 teams entered one of the 10 regional tournaments across the U.S. last fall, including one held in November on the Fitchburg State campus. The national tournament brought together the top 80 teams, representing the best 20 percent from each region.

Two of Fitchburg State’s teams advanced to the second day of the tournament. Senior Angela Szymcik and junior Shaylah Maloney advanced beyond the first elimination round, where they defeated a team from the University of Central Florida, before succumbing to the eventual national champion and finishing tied for 17th place in the country. Fitchburg State senior Andrew Coleman and junior Sam Gonyea were ranked 36th after the first day of the tournament and were eliminated by a team from the University of Louisville on the second day. Seniors Shawna Paul and Patience Morrow also represented Fitchburg State at the national tournament.

The tournament marked the third national appearance for Szymcik, who graduated from Fitchburg State in December with a degree in political science. She is currently deciding between law school choices for the fall. Maloney and Gonyea are juniors and expect to return to moot court competition next year.

The university has a long tradition of success at the moot court competition. This year’s teams were coached by Dr. Eric Boehme with assistance from Shane Martin and Keith Greiner, both of whom are Fitchburg State alumni who participated in moot court during their undergraduate careers.

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