Mock Trial

Mock Trial is an academic competition where students combine speech/debate, drama, legal, and quick thinking skills into a trial format. AMHS Mock Trial students compete against other high schools after writing their own case and acting out attorney and witness roles in front of real-life attorneys and judges. These attorneys and judges score the teams in the basis of legal, presentation, and acting skills. The top teams in Washington compete at the State Mock Trial Championships with the winner moving in to the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Established in 2005, the AMHS Mock Trial team has finished in the top - 10 at State a total of 7 times, capturing 2nd place in 2014.

EVENTS

Mock Trial Wine Tasting Event

The AMHS Mock Trial team hosts a Wine Tasting Event Annually. All proceeds from the event support the AMHS Mock Trial Team. Check back for more information on the 2019 event!

Middle School Mock Trial Competition

In a tremendous display of talent, skill, and professional respect, 25 students from St. Mary Magdalen and Immaculate Conception-Our Lady of Perpetual Help Schools competed in the 3rd Annual Middle School Mock Trial Championship at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett on Saturday, May 31.

The event was hosted by the AMHS Mock Trial team. AMHS Mock Trial head coach Roger Brodniak and Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Kathy Webber presided over 2 trials. A panel of community lawyers and AMHS Mock Trial coaches served as a "jury" of scorers. The panel praised the advocacy, preparation, and civility of both teams.

The 2014 Middle School Championship case involved a fictitious involuntary manslaughter charge against a track coach, Drew Delaney, accused of negligently allowing a sprinter to die of dehydration.

Students receiving special recognition included:

Runner-Up Best Witness: Gabe Feliciano (SMM)
Runner-Up Best Attorneys: Anjelica Deleon (SMM), AhLana Ames (IC-OLPH) and Paetyon Dooner (IC-OLPH)

Best Witness: Shedric Afable (IC-OLPH)
Best Attorney: Alexi Obillo (SMM)
Other competing students included:

St. Mary Magdalen: Isabella Gaule, Rose Gonzalez, Ben Hines, Jennifer Miller, Jessica Pimienta, Joseph Rauvola, Hannah Snider, Allissa Szalda, and Joe Judge.

Immaculate Conception-Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Emilie Bader, Ellie Bailey, Benen Dufresne, Sami French, Alexa Hauck, Harrison Lindgren, Liam McElroy, Ben Olszewski, Ruby Rosario, Jade Sannon, Danielle Scanes, Quentin Simmons

AWARDS

2018 - 18th Place State Finish
2017- 4th Place State Finish
2016 - 3rd Place State Finish
2015 - 7th and 8th Place State Finish
2014 - 2nd Place State Finish
2013 - 3rd Place State Finish
2012 - 18th Place State Finish
2011- 3rd Place State Finish
2010 - 6th Place State Finish

HISTORY/AWARDS

AMHS MOCK TRIAL (founded in 2005)

  • 6 District Championships (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017)
  • 6 Top-6 Rankings at State Meet (5th in 2007, 6th in 2008, 6th in 2010, 3rd in 2011, 3rd in 2013, 2nd in 2014, 4th in 2017)
  • State Runner-Up in 2014, appeared in championship trial on government cable channel TVW in May, 2014
  • Competed at the American Mock Trial Invitational, North Carolina (2008)
  • Competed at the Empire Mock Trial Invitational in San Francisco (2016)
  • Received YMCA Values Award for Respect, Courtesy, and Professionalism (2011, 2013, 2015)
  • The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court Scholarship winners: Annie Dang (2012), Claudia Morales (2014)
  • Mock Trial Alumni competing in College Mock Trial: Jessica Elekes--Gonzaga, Amy Purdy—Notre Dame, Jake Dini—Gonzaga, Hillary Longoria—Gonzaga, Chris Damitio—UW
  • 2015: JV 7th at State, Varsity 8th at State. YMCA Values Award winners.
  • 2016: Varsity 3rd at State, JV 18th at State. Zane Carlton 2016 Inns of Court Scholarship Winner. Jessica Elekes graduates from Seattle University School of Law. Jake Dini ('11) enrolled at University of Washington School of Law.

CONTACT

HEAD COACH

Roger Brodniak

Roger Brodniak received his B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University and then earned his J.D. from University of Washington. Roger served as an attorney in Everett before coming to Archbishop Murphy in 2000. He was drawn to AMHS to coach football with his high school coach and mentor, Terry Ennis. Roger became a full time teacher in 2002 and now chairs the Social Studies Department. Roger founded and coaches the very successful AMHS Mock Trial Team. In his free time, Roger enjoys hiking, Washington Huskies football, and spending time with his wife Kristyn and young son, Andy.

ASSISTANT COACHES

Danielle Gadek and Caleb Ellis

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