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CNHS Mock Trial Team Wins the Monmouth County Mock Trial Competition

The Colts Neck High School Mock Trial Team won the 2021 Vincent J. Apruzzese Monmouth County Mock Trial Competition, which was held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic.  The Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. The competition, now in its 39th year, is one of the nation’s foremost contests of its kind for high school students. The competition was created for the purpose of stimulating and encouraging a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American legal system. The competition relies heavily on the Monmouth County Bar Association and the Monmouth County Superior Court to run successfully. 

This year's competition ran from January 12th through January 20th.  Colts Neck’s team won each of its trials, posting a 5-0 record.  They will represent Monmouth County in the Central Jersey Regional Mock Trial Competition starting on February 3rd. 

Colts Neck High School has won the Monmouth County Mock Trial Competition nine out of the last 17 years since the team's inception. 


The team is coached by Holly Lucarelli (Teacher-Coach) and William Visone (Attorney-Coach).


The students who make up this year's team are:

Sophia Carlin, 12th grade, attorney

Zerrin Dulger, 11th grade, attorney

Cassandra Dalton, 11th grade, attorney

Averie Engel, 11th grade, attorney

Matthew Buneta, 12th grade, witness

Ethan Valliath, 12th grade, witness

Megan Smith, 12th grade, witness

Abigail Gilder, 10th grade, witness

Jeffrey Karpelson, 9th grade, witness

Robert Maravelias, 9th grade, witness