Yosemite High School won second place in the 2015-2016 Honorable Edward P. Moffat Madera County Mock Trial held on December 8, 9 and 10, falling to Liberty of the Madera Ranchos.
Other competitors included Madera, Madera South, and Dos Palos high schools.
“It was a close competition and all teams were extremely competitive,” said Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools. “Mock Trial allows students to demonstrate their learning in a powerful way.”
Liberty High School will represent Madera County at the state competition March 18-20 in Sacramento.
Madera County will also be sending a Courtroom Artist to the state competition. Mia Coddington from Madera High School won the Courtroom Artist competition. She sketched a courtroom scene during Tuesday’s trial.
“It’s exciting to have students from multiple schools representing Madera County at the state competition,” said Massetti. “We wish them luck during the next round of competition.”
During the fictional case People vs. Hayes, Hayes was tried for homicide of a campus security guard. Hayes claims the homicide was justifiable.
Mock Trial students also discussed the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.
The Mock Trial is a simulation of a criminal court case in which the students act as attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and clerks. Attorneys from throughout the valley score the students’ performance.
This was Liberty High School’s sixth year participating and third win. Yosemite High School has won 26 times in the event’s 32 year history.
Yosemite was coached by teacher Eric McLane in his first year and attorney Bernie McGoldrick.
Judge Dale Blea, Judge Ernest LiCalsi, Judge Michael Jurkovich, Judge Joseph Soldani and Judge Charles Wieland presided over the trials. The Mock Trial was held on three separate days and teams participated in six rounds of competition.
The Mock Trial and other student academic events are supported by Madera County Office of Education and Madera County Schools Foundation through community and business donations and volunteers. Madera County Superior Court co-sponsored the Mock Trial.
California Rights Foundation provided the trial cases.