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Riverton grad recognized at national mock trial contest

May 24, 2013 - From staff reports

A university debate team featuring a Riverton student earned high honors at the recent national tournament.

Yale University's mock trial "A" team was recognized as a national All-America honorable mention team following the American Mock Trial Association nationals April 12 to April 14 in Washington, D.C.

Robert H. Peck of Riverton is a member of the team.

The top 48 teams from more than 1,800 college mock trial debate teams in the nation qualified for the national bracket. Yale finished 11th at nationals. The top 14 teams earned tournament honors.

Peck's teammate Vinay Nayak was named All-America attorney.

Yale defeated the University of Washington and Villanova University, split a round against Harvard, and was defeated by Rhodes College of Memphis, Tenn., the eventual national runner-up to the University of Florida.

Peck, a sophomore, competed on the defense side of the case, which accounted for both of Yale's victories. He earned a perfect score of 30 points and was named the outstanding defense witness in the round against Villanova.

The Yale Mock Trial Association fields three competitive teams. It is entirely a student-run entity, with no faculty involvement and a university budget of just $600. Peck served on the association's executive board this year with emphases in recruiting and publicity, and he worked as the captain of the Yale "C" team as well.

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