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California High beats Northgate in Mock Trial finals

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 10:47 pm in Contra Costa County, Education.

California High School’s Mock Trial team from San Ramon beat out a dozen other high schools to be named as the Contra Costa County champion for 2011.

The California team edged out the Northgate High team from Walnut Creek on Tuesday during the final round. Miramonte High School’s team from Orinda topped Alhambra High’s team from Martinez in the consolation round. Miramonte won the competition last year.

The winning teams, as well as several individual student winners, were announced Thursday during an awards ceremony at the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

More than 150 students from the following high schools played a variety of courtroom roles in the 30th annual competition: Acalanes (Lafayette), Alhambra (Martinez), Antioch (Antioch), California (San Ramon), Campolindo (Moraga), Clayton Valley(Concord), Deer Valley Law Academy (Antioch), Dougherty Valley (San Ramon), Hercules Middle/High (Hercules), Heritage (Brentwood), Las Lomas (Walnut Creek), Miramonte (Orinda), and Northgate (Walnut Creek).

The Contra Costa County Office of Education coordinated the event, which was sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Students were coached by teachers and volunteer attorneys and judges, before arguing their cases before a judge. Students played all the other roles, including attorneys and witnesses.

Several students won individual awards for their efforts.

They were:

JOURNALIST: Bailey White, Alhambra HS

ARTIST: Emily Neilson, Northgate HS

CLERK: Nick Gardner, California HS

BAILIFF:
Will Carson, California HS
Evan Lutz,Clayton Valley HS

PROSECUTION WITNESS ANGEL STERLING:
Danielle Jacobson, Las Lomas HS
Anna Drobny, Miramonte HS
Connor Francis, Alhambra HS
Nora Mohamed, Campolindo HS
Angelica Patricio, Hercules HS
Francesca Blake, Northgate HS

DETECTIVE FRANKIE COOPER: Eric Stein, California HS

DR. SAM HOLLOWAY: Josh Moss, Northgate HS

CHRIS DRAPER: Vikas Agartha, Acalanes HS

DEFENSE WITNESSES:

JESSE WOODSON:
Lauren Nelson, Antioch HS
Alex Dooley, Alhambra HS
Srivaths Kalyan, Dougherty Valley HS
Shalini Majumdar, Miramonte HS
Nick Tram, Heritage HS

MADISON JACKSON:
Vincent Belus, Heritage HS
Emily Davis, Miramonte HS
Claire Svedberg, Campolindo HS
James Virant, Dougherty Valley HS
Rachel Ball-Jomes, Las Lomas HS

DR. BROOKE CRANE:
Cynthia Meng, Campolindo HS
Robbie Flugge, Miramonte HS
Erica Tsai, California HS
Terilyn Chen, Hercules HS
Nick Dyess, Northgate HS

SYDNEY CAMPBELL:
Kirkland Whitney, Antioch HS
Lisa Huang, California HS
Jayne Skinner, Campolindo HS
Jenny Sul, Hercules HS
Nathaly Borges, Deer Valley HS

OUTSTANDING PRE-TRIAL ATTORNEY, PROSECUTION:
Zaineb Taymouree, Heritage HS
David Tse, Miramonte HS
Gunjan Baid, California HS

OUTSTANDING PRE-TRIAL ATTORNEY, DEFENSE:
Matthew Strauss, Heritage HS
Kirsten Merritt, Alhambra HS
Samantha Sahi, Northgate HS

OUTSTANDING OPENING STATEMENT, PROSECUTION:
Linden Bengtson, Northgate HS

OUTSTANDING OPENING STATEMENT, DEFENSE:
Jula Du, California HS

OUTSTANDING DIRECT EXAMINATION ATTORNEY, DEFENSE:
Steven Lau, California HS
Alyssa Sheets, Miramonte HS
Megan Allison, Northgate HS

OUTSTANDING CROSS EXAMINATION ATTORNEY, PROSECUTION:
Maithill Jalihal, California HS
Alec Bahramipour, Miramonte HS
Linden Bengtson, Northgate HS

OUTSTANDING CROSS EXAMINATION ATTORNEY, DEFENSE:
Kayla Davidge, Miramonte HS
Will Howard, Campolindo HS
Arnie Hermes, Northgate HS

OUTSTANDING CLOSING ARGUMENT, PROSECUTION:
Anastasia Kaiser, Miramonte HS
Shezaf Reif, California HS
Brian Lott, Alhambra HS

OUTSTANDING CLOSING ARGUMENT, DEFENSE:
Steven Lau, California HS
Rachel Hallett, Miramonte HS
Megan Allison, Northgate HS
Kati Bernasek, Acalanes HS

The California High team will represent Contra Costa County at the California Mock Trial State Finals March 25-27 in Riverside. State winners will compete in the National Mock Trial Competition in May.

More information is at http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/#mar03.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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