Xavier teacher, mentor wins national mock trial award

John Cosden (submitted photo)

An Xavier College Preparatory faculty member has been awarded for his leadership in mock trail education and competition.

John Cosden has been awarded the 2016 William Hennessy Outstanding Educator Award by Empire Mock Trial, according to a press release.

“Watching you interact with your students over the past ten years has been a blessing,” wrote¬†Empire Mock Trial President Justin Matarrese in his congratulatory letter to Mr. Cosden.

Mr. Cosden has been the longtime moderator and coach of the Elias M. Romley Xavier Mock Trial Team, the release stated.

“(Your) unwavering desire to mentor a young person – to value a student’s ability to honor another even more than their ability to win an objection – makes you not just a great teacher, but a model educator.¬† It makes you someone who all educators, not just mock trial coaches, can aspire to be,” President Matarrese said in the release.

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