Glen Cove’s Teen Court Goes to Trial

Glen Cove’s Teen Court Goes to Trial
Glen Cove High School’s Teen Court program had its first trial of the year on Dec. 18. The Teen Court program is operated in conjunction with Judge Richard McCord and Glen Cove City Court. It serves as an educational experience, as well as a peer mediation program for students in Glen Cove. 
 
Through this course, students learn about public speaking and the judicial process through their preparation for trials. In their first trial, Glen Cove High School students Douaa Ahmed, Kamaya Ephraim and Kamiya Ephraim served as prosecuting attorneys representing the People of the State of New York, while Debora Benitez, Lindsey Hernandez, Havigahil Peraza-Anaya and Solange Unger served as defense attorneys for a teen defendant. Glen Cove senior Kyle Fahey oversaw the trial as judge, while the remaining Teen Court students served as jury members. Coordinator of Social Studies Sheena Jacob thanked teacher Mr. Christopher Contorno for his hard work and dedication in preparing students to have this excellent experience.  

The Teen Court will have two more trials in January before preparations begin for trials in the second half of the year, which will take place in May and June.