The mock trial team holds the mock senate every year with various topics. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — With the current climate among politicians and the upcoming 2020 election, Union-Endicott High School students say their mock trial team skills are important now more than ever. “We have a bit of an advantage over everybody else as it relates to the current state of United States politics today,” said McManus. Politicians in the Southern Tier community such as Broome County Sheriff David Harder and State Senator Fred Akshar attended to see how the students take on bigger topics. Two young women from the mock trial team expressed the importance of diversity on the senate floor. “The world is changing constantly and women have always been on the forefront of so many movements,” said U-E High School Junior, Brianna Attey. “Now, we’re more visible in these sorts of environments. It’s important for young women like us to be able to understand how our democratic processes work.” The U-E High School mock trial team took Wednesday afternoon to act out a real senate legislative session to discuss certain bills and making solid arguments as to why they should or should not be passed. President of the group and U-E High School Senior, Kevin McManus, says it keeps their minds sharp in the current condition of politics in the United States.