Update: Mock Trial secured the wild card and is heading to the State Championships, March 24-26! Go Pilots!
Mock Trial Team Makes History at San Diego Competition, Tying for First Place Twice
By Ilene Nagem ’70, Mock Trial Co-Moderator
OLP’s Mock Trial Team completed this year’s San Diego County competition on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Superior Courthouse in downtown San Diego. After four rounds of competition from February 16-25, OLP and Scripps Ranch ended up tied for first place. The Championship Round began at 2:00 pm on February 25, coming to an end at 4:20 pm. Everyone in the courtroom waited in suspense for the winner to be announced. When the officials came out, they announced that for the first time in San Diego, there was a tie in the scores. The California Mock Trial rules state that in this instance, the presiding judge breaks the tie and he ruled in favor of Scripps Ranch. OLP was then awarded the Second Place plaque and each team member received a ribbon. Additionally, one of our team members, Carolina Borbon ’18, won an Outstanding Witness Award for her role as a witness for the defense.
The coaches are so proud of the team, which includes Isabella Gomez ’17, Alexandra Guzman ’17, Megan Hamori 17, Katie Kreiger ’17, Isabella Magana ’17, Alexa Ripa ’17, Carolina Borbon ’18, Marsha Meyers ’18, Alex Neves ’18, Lorena Ramirez ’18, Anitza Velazquez ’18, Kiana Yazdani ’18, Kaseba Chibweth ’19, Ivana Letayf Lazo de la Vega ’19, Molly Winger ’19, Kendall Ota ’19, Serena Tu ’19, Myeva Hanna ’19, Ariana Estrada ’19, Madelyn Chronister ’20, Ashley Yeatts ’20, Alex Pacheco ’20, Jennel Manalo ’20, Isela Quinones ’20, Nicolette Frank ’20 and Ana (Cecy) Reyes Flores ’20.
Faculty Moderators, Ilene Nagem ’70 and Emily Devereaux ’00, would like to recognize and thank our attorney coaches, Jim Eischen, Luiey Haddad and Scott Ingold, who have so generously given their time to coach our team. Not only are they experts in trial law and are able to impart this knowledge to our girls, they also inspire the team to spend numerous hours working together to improve the team as a whole. One aspect that all the coaches are particularly proud of is how our team members conduct themselves at all of our competitions. They are serious competitors, but they are also good sportswomen who show respect for everyone.
While we made history at this year’s competition by ending in a tie (not once, but twice!), we are hoping to make history again by securing a wild card berth at the State finals, which will be held in late March in Riverside. Stay tuned for further details. In the meantime, the team and coaches would like to thank the Mock Trial Team parents for all of their support.