By RANI CHOR
Mock Trial competed against Team 371 in round two of the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Annual Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Since August, team members have attended after-school practices and workdays to finalize a successful case for their last competition.
During this fictional case, students portrayed either a defense attorney or witness. Defense successfully convinced the judge that fictional defendant Reagan Klein did not falsely report a hostage emergency.
According to Mock Trial advisor Samuel Barone, competing is a great way for students to learn about legal law.
“The competition lays a foundation as to [how] the legal system works,” Barone said. “Being able to [argue] analytically goes beyond the aspects of a classroom and [teaches students] how to be productive citizens.”
Furthemore, co-captain senior Justin Yeh reflects on the lessons mock trial has taught him.
“After competing for four years, I have learned so much about not only public speaking but also formulating an entire argument from scratch,” Yeh said. “I encourage future members to really embody their characters to put on a great performance.”
Additionally, witness sophomore Nyah Zhang commemorates the team for its hard work but highlights possible improvements.
“I believe we all performed confidently and did not crack under pressure,” Zhang said. “However, we can continue to improve aspects [such as] our presentation and confidence [at the stand].”
Mock Trial will not be advancing to the senior playoffs, marking the end of its season.