Middle School Mock Trial Competition
In an impressive display of organization, presentation skills, and teamwork, 12 middle school students from schools all over Snohomish County participated in the 3rd Annual AMHS Middle School Mock Trial Camp, culminating in a full trial held at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Friday, June 21.
The event was hosted by the Archbishop Murphy Mock Trial team. Judge Ken Williams presided over the trial, which was rated by AMHS mock trial coach Roger Brodniak. AMHS mock trial students Jaida Ivy, Thea Zabala, Mitch Abramson, Blake Coleman, Ashley Crawford, Andrew Davenport, and Eric Yarnot also served as raters and camp counselors. Each skillfully coached various middle school campers all week long.
The 2019 middle school mock trial camp case involved a fictitious theft prosecution of Tyler Banks, a teenager accused of stealing $3,000 from the ATM debit card and pin of her best friend's mother. Campers were instructed in several skills during the week-long camp, including legal case theory, research and organization, presentation, thinking on your feet, team building, acting, and legal rules of evidence.
Students receiving special recognition included:
Best Witness: Ivy Gonzalez, Chloe Hogue
Best Attorney: Kathleen Joyce, Sophie St. Jacques
Honorable Mention Best Witness: Olivia Leslie
Honorable Mention Best Attorney: Elliott Montoya
Other participating students included:
Graham Cumpston, Audrey Gibson, Cady Richardson, Troy Slocum, Grayson Thomas, and Samuel Thomas
Special thanks to Judge Janice Ellis for facilitating use of courtroom space at the Snohomish County Courthouse.
The Archbishop Murphy Mock Trial Program also sponsors a middle school mock trial tournament each January. This year, St. Mary Magdalene, Immaculate Conception-Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St. Thomas More will field teams that will compete against one another at the Snohomish County Courthouse. If you would like more information about the middle school mock trial tournament, or mock trial in general, please contact AMHS head coach Jennifer Flynn at email@example.com.