Mock trial does not advance past first round in county competition

February 13, 2018 — by Ava Hooman

Having won only one of its four matches, the 16 members of  the mock trial team didn’t advance past the first round of the annual county competition.

The defense team lost to Willow Glen High on Feb. 1 54-46. Sophomores Siva Sambasivam and Kaitlyn Tsai, along with senior Katherine Zhou, served as attorneys and their well-prepared witnesses included senior Stacey Chen, sophomore Anirudh Khemani, sophomore Sanya Kwatra and junior Ines Picard.

On Jan. 31 the prosecution team faced off against BASIS independent school and lost by a few points. Senior Catherine Zhang, juniors Ashley Feng and Khiara Berkowitz and sophomore Christina Xiao were the attorneys and their witnesses were junior Hugo Huang, sophomore Shahmun Jafri, senior Michelle Vu and junior Anuj Changavi.

On Jan. 25, the prosecution team went against one of last year’s semi-finalists, Prospect High, where the Falcons lost by a wide margin.

On Jan. 23, the defense faced Valley Christian High at the San Jose courthouse for their first round of competition and won by a point.


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