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Mock Trial: The New Alternative to Prom

Stacy O'Melia

Stacy O'Melia

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While hundreds of students attended Junior Prom this weekend, a group of individuals were in Riverside, competing in the Mock Trial State Competition.

In February, Rocklin High School’s Blue and Silver Mock Trial Teams competed in the Placer County Competition at the Auburn Courthouse. Rocklin’s two teams placed first and second above their competitors: Oakmont, Del Oro, as well as each other. Blue Team’s gold medals earned them a spot in this weekend’s State Competition.

This was a huge achievement for both groups. With a new coach and a flood of new members who would comprise the Silver Team, the Mock Trial team had a lot to take on when they first congregated early this fall.

“I’m really proud of the team,” Senior and first-year Team Captain Ana Lopez said. “It was rewarding to see the team do so successfully; each judge said we did really well. We gave our best performances, given our collective experience and comparably lacking resources.”

According to Ana, other schools’ Mock Trial programs receive significantly more funding than RHS and therefore have access to more resources. Additionally, a handful of team members had to take over important roles in which they had a very short amount of time to.

Despite these obstacles, Ana believes each member competed to the best of their abilities, and she is overall happy with the team’s performance.

“I had a lot of fun, and I’m sure everyone else did, too. Hopefully they’ll continue to participate in Mock Trial next year.”

 

 

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