Mock Trial Team Back In SB
updated: Nov 02, 2012, 9:37 AM
By Barbara Keyani
Dos Pueblos Mock Trial Team Members Return from NYC Tonight, four members of the Dos Pueblos
Mock Trial Team arrived back in Santa Barbara safe and sound. During the past week, the team
participated in the Empire World Championship Mock Trial Invitational and also felt the wrath of
superstorm Hurricane Sandy.
Madeline Matthys, Nimisha Shinday, Hannah Cruz, and Madeleine Centrella were embraced by friends
and family at the Santa Barbara Airport. Inside their luggage were two hard-won trophies: one for the
team's second-place finish in the prestigious competition and the second was Madeline Matthys' trophy
for being the best defense attorney at the tournament. In spite of being camped out at a Brooklyn hotel
as they rode out the storm and an unusually long journey back to Santa Barbara, the four students were
elated to be home and equally enthusiastic about the experience of forming new friendships and
competing against 35 stellar teams from across the globe.
The rest of the team reached California later in the evening by way of Los Angeles International Airport.
Santa Barbara Airbus transported those students and coaches back to Santa Barbara Barbara free of
charge. According to coach Bill Woodard, because of the their extended stay in New York, the two
California teams (Dos Pueblos and La Reina from Thousand Oaks) are hoping to work together to raise
funds to pay the extra thousands of dollars needed to stay in New York until they were able to fly home.
Members of the Dos Pueblos Mock Trial Team are Alison Mally, Hannah Cruz, Nimisha Shinday, Madeline
Matthys, Madeline Centrella, Delia Bullok, Camille Wyss, Sophia Zheng, Ami Thakrar, Bela Lafferty, Sean
Strong. Coaches: Bill Woodard, Maureen Grattan, Joel Block, Scott Campbell.
PHOTO (left to right): Madeleine Centrella, Hannah Cruz, Madeline Matthys, Nimisha Shinday.
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