UF BLSA caps off impressive year
Monique Wilson, president of UF BLSA, said the group has increased community service activities by adding service with Habitat for Humanity, St. Francis House and Haile’s Angels, among others.
The group has also developed a long-term volunteer relationship with the Alachua County Teen Court.
Among a sprawling list of accomplishments, BLSA won regional chapter of the year for the southern region for the second year in a row and was first runner-up national chapter of the year.
Wilson said the competition teams also did well this year.
At regionals, the mock trial team finished in second place overall, consisting of Tabitha Taylor (3L), Samuel Bryant (3L), Kingsley Nwamah (2L), Leonard Thompson (2L) and alternate Paige White (1L).
The group’s other mock trial team got to the quarter finals in their competition, including Bianca Lherisson (2L), Nicholas Alberto (2L), Michal-Ane McIntosh (3L) and Melanie Rolle (3L).
BLSA’s moot court team finished in third place and consisted of Shenele Pettis (2L), Celeste Thacker (2L) and coach Blake Neumann (3L). The moot court team also won a best brief award.
On the national level, the mock trial team, including Tabitha Taylor (3L), Samuel Bryant (3L), Kingsley Nwamah (2L), Leonard Thompson (2L) and alternate Melanie Rolle (3L), finished in the top four of the national competition.
The moot court team also finished the top four, and consisted of Shenele Pettis (2L), Celeste Thacker (2L) and coach Blake Neumann (3L).
UF BLSA also sent a team to compete in the International Negotiations Competition. The team finished in the top four and consisted of Ashley Dunbar (1L) and Nick Camillo (1L).