South Mountain HS Sends 22 Students to Compete in the Maricopa County Regional Mock Trial Competition

Posted by Community Relations on 2/24/2016

South Mountain sent 22 students representing three teams, to compete in the Maricopa County Regional (Regions 3 and 4) Mock Trial Competition, February 20.   Two South teams (Red and Blue) competed in Region 4, and Team Black was in Region 3. All the teams did well- The Black and Blue teams both beat Basis Schools, and the Red team qualified for state, only dropping the Region 4 Championship match by one point.   The Red team of Desirae Santa Cruz, Patricia Rodelo, Rafael Reyes, Christina Juarez, Alexis Rosales, Mariah Quintero and Timekeeper Robert Encinas defeated Trivium Preparatory Academy, 92-80; Desert Vista 91-89; Xavier College Preparatory School, 90-89 and Arizona School for the Arts, 98-97 before falling 99-98 to Trivium Preparatory Academy.

“All three teams were exceptional in their performances - the best overall day South has ever had at Regionals,” Coach and Law Magnet Manager Matthew Smith said.

Mock Trial is a program where students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in representing both sides of a hypothetical case. The mock trial students represented the plaintiff in some rounds and the defendant in other rounds.  In every competition phase, the students presented an opening statement, examined three witnesses (portrayed by their teammates), cross-examined the other team’s witnesses and presented a closing argument.  Each student played the role of an attorney on one side of the case and a witness on the other.  Each round is presented in front of a real judge who rules on objections and court matters.  The judge also scores the round and determines the team that wins.

Sixteen teams have qualified for the State Championships, March 19. The Jaguars will be taking on the likes of Brophy, Xavier, BASIS Peoria, University High and Arizona School for the Arts.