A Tale of Two Teams

The Mock Trial teams’ most eventful season comes to a close

Two years ago, the El Modena Mock Trial team lost every single competition.

This year, Team Cardinal not only won the majority of the competitions, but they moved on to be one of the top sixteen teams in Orange County.

This year has brought many changes for the team.  The team has doubled, forming the Cardinal and Gold teams.  The team has also competed in two tournaments rather than just one.

The teams split into Prosecution and Defense.  They then compete as lawyers and attorneys against other schools in what this year is a murder case.  Nineteen-year-old Jamie Hayes is accused of hitting a security guard over the head and killing him with malicious intent.  Although the judge reaches a final verdict at the end, individual scorers determine who will win the trial and move on in the tournament.

The team was extremely successful at the JSerra competition in October, winning most of their trials.  But that was only practice.  The real competition occurred in November at the Santa Ana Courthouse.  45 teams from all over the county competed to move on.

Every team competes in four trials.  From there, the top sixteen teams move on to octofinals.  Rounds continue until one team stands champion.

This year, El Modena’s Cardinal team won 3 out of the 4 preliminary trials and advanced to octofinals.  The Gold team also succeeded in winning one of their trials but unfortunately did not move on.

The octofinal round took place on Tuesday, December 1st.  It was by far the team’s best performance.  The witnesses stayed true to character and the lawyers were able to handle even the toughest objections.  They stayed strong, even when they were against one of Orange County’s most successful teams.

Unfortunately, Team Cardinal lost the trial by a mere two points.  Although they will not advance, they all agree that it was a spectacular way to end the season.  The seniors especially feel proud of what has been accomplished in the past three years.  We can only wait and see what next year’s teams have in store.

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