The Centennial High School (CHS) Mock Trial Team won the Kern County Championships on Saturday, January 21, 2017, and is now preparing for the state competition.
This was the fourth county win in the last five years for the CHS Golden Hawks.
“There are so many great teams in Kern County. We really consider it an honor to have won the team title again this year.” – Brett Dobson, CHS Mock Trial Advisor and Social Studies Teacher
The competition revolved around 15 high school teams arguing the fictitious human trafficking and false imprisonment case of People v. Awbrey. Every team has a prosecution team and a defense team. When presenting the prosecution, the team faces another school on the defense side, and vice-versa. There are up to four attorneys and four witnesses for each side. The prosecution includes a bailiff and the defense includes a clerk.
Teams are scored by “real-world” attorneys who sit in the jury box and each portion of the trial is scored on a ten-point scale. The presiding judge is often a “real-world” judge and the competition is held in actual courtrooms. Teams have teacher-coaches and attorney-coaches to help them prepare.
“The lone senior on the team, Hope Wearing, is like an assistant-coach. She is one of the best student-attorneys in the state of California.” – Brett Dobson, CHS Mock Trial Advisor and Social Studies Teacher
The CHS Mock Trial Team will now prepare and fundraise for the trip to the state tournament to be held in Riverside, CA March 24-26, 2017.
The top 5 teams in the 2017 Kern County Mock Trial competition:
First Place: Centennial High School
Second Place: Stockdale High School
Third Place: West High School
Fourth Place: Ridgeview High School
Fifth Place: Robert F. Kennedy High School
Kern County Mock Trial is funded with a grant from the Harry and Ethel West Foundation and is sponsored by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Kern County Bar Association, Kern County Superior Courts of California, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, and Sheriff’s Reserves.
Kern High School District (KHSD)