Mock Trial team holds tryouts for 2008 season

October 16, 2008 — by Saniha Shankar

Twenty-four students all sat nervously waiting for their names to be called, with witnesses in mind and questions in hand. On the night of Oct. 14, Mock Trial tryouts were held in Bill Peck’s room to determine which 18 would make up the 2008 team. The team will consist of six trial attorneys, two pre-trial attorneys, 8 witnesses, a bailiff and a count clerk.

“The tryouts were intense because there were a lot of people that came out and everyone wants to catch a spot on the team,” said sophomore Navneet Ramesh.

The tryouts for the past few years have been held as a way to determine which role each person will be given. This year, however, seeing as there are more than the maximum people trying out, cuts will have to be made.

The team will once again be guided by attorney-coach Dr. Hugh Roberts, with the help of Peck. Co- captains seniors Nikil Balakrishnan and Rishi Taggarsi will be leading the team.

“There’s a lot of new people that are trying coming to try out,” said Balakrishnan. “But I’m sure we’ll have a strong team, and a great season.”

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