Mock Trial Ends Its Good Run

Sean McGeer

The Miramonte mock trial team has finished its competitive season, winning against Ventura County, but losing against San Mateo, Marin and Fresno Counties, therefore failing to get into the top eight statewide.

The Miramonte team beat Campolindo High School’s team in the Contra Costa County finals to represent Contra Costa County in the State competition.

They were led by Luke Ellis, the attorney coach who helped teach them and lead them through their competitions, and Jessica Bacchus, the teacher coach who also gave them advice and went to competitions. They were also headed by student coaches seniors Phoebe Schmidt and Molly Fehr.

Miramonte faced a tough schedule due to the power ranking bracket system, which can hurt a team in early competition if they are matched up with a tougher team.

Teams split up into the different roles in the trial, such as prosecution, defense, and witnesses.  The trials are always criminal cases, such as murder or arson.  The judge and scoring attorneys score the teams on performance and presentation, such as the attorneys’ presentation of their case or credibility of the witnesses.

“The highight of the season was qualifying for State.  After going undefeated in County we gained a lot of momentum.  We just kept winning,” said Schmidt.

Schmidt mentioned one team member in particular. “Rachel Hallet won an award for being the best Defendant in the entire state. They were doing the trial People v. Jordan Bratton and the scoring attorneys thought she was the best at playing Bratton in the state.”