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April 3, 2018 > Mock Trial Competition Winners Shine

Mock Trial Competition Winners Shine

Submitted By Michelle Smith McDonald

The 2018 Phillip A. Harley Memorial Alameda County Mock Trial Awards were presented at the San Leandro Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 19th. Mock Trial Competition is a county-wide high school criminal trial competition designed to increase understanding of our judicial system and the processes necessary to create a just society. Teams of nine to 25 students study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research and receive individual coaching by volunteer attorneys in trial preparation, courtroom protocol, courtroom procedure, analysis and communication. Preparation begins in the fall and culminates in competition in January and February. More than 200 students from public and private schools from around the county participated. This year's winning team, Moreau Catholic High School, will represent Alameda County at the state competition in the spring.

Alameda County Office of Education appreciates the support and participation of all of the ACOE staff, including event coordinator Katrielle Veslenio, volunteers and organizations who contribute to make this a great event, particularly Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, the Oakland law firm whichÊserves as the programÕs primary benefactor. We also appreciate the support of the Alameda County Bar Association, the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, the Alameda County Training and Education Center, the Alameda County Law Library and The Honorable Stephen M. Pulido, who presided over one of our Mock Trials this year and spoke at the Awards ceremony along with L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools.

Mock Trial Honorees:

OUTSTANDING PRE-TRIAL MOTION FOR THE PROSECUTION
First Place:ÊRama Narayanan, Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD); Abishhek Govindarasu, Moreau Catholic HS

OUTSTANDING PRE-TRIAL MOTION FOR THE DEFENSE
First place:ÊRama Narayanan, Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD); Brennan Mock, Granada HS (Livermore Valley JUSD); Jackson Fountain, Oakland School for the Arts; Saaniya Kapur, Moreau Catholic HS
Second place:ÊRishabh Shastry, American HS (Fremont USD); Logan Brockbank, Bishop OÕDowd HS

OUTSTANDING PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
First place:ÊTiffany Jing, Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD)
Second place:ÊMira Tellegen, Piedmont HS (Piedmont USD)

OUTSTANDING DEFENSE ATTORNEY
First Place:ÊDesiree Nunes, Moreau Catholic HS.
Second Place:ÊJordan Woods, Bishop OÕDowd HS

OUTSTANDING WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
First Place:ÊSujana Sridhar, Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD); Matthew Stepanek, Granada HS (Livermore Valley JUSD); Brennan Mock, Granada HS (Livermore Valley JUSD); Sara Woodfall, American HS (Fremont USD); Samantha Jones, Bishop OÕDowd HS

OUTSTANDING WITNESS FOR THE DEFENSE
First place:ÊÊJasmine Kamalnathan, Moreau Catholic HS
Second Place:ÊMoriyuki Kano, Bishop OÕDowd HS

OUTSTANDING COURT CLERK
First Place: Vivien Song, Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD); Jamie Hau-Riege, Moreau Catholic HS

OUTSTANDING BAILIFF
First Place:ÊTristen Tallerico, Granada HS (Livermore Valley JUSD)

OUTSTANDING COURTROOM JOURNALIST
First Place:ÊShruthi Chandran, Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD)
Second Place:ÊTrisha Khattar, Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD)

OUTSTANDING COURTROOM ARTIST
First Place: E. Skye Taliaferro, Oakland School for the Arts
Second Place: Danielle Tien, Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD)

OUTSTANDING COURTROOM ARTIST
First Place: E. Skye Taliaferro, Oakland School for the Arts
Second Place: Danielle Tien, Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD)

TEAM AWARDS
First Place (Winner): Moreau Catholic HS
Second Place: Piedmont HS (Piedmont USD)

ÒTEAM SPIRITÓ AWARDS
Amador Valley HS (Pleasanton USD), Mairi Wohlgemuth (Tiffany Jing);ÊAmerican HS (Fremont USD), Jacqueline Gerosolimo (Abhay Aggarwal);ÊBishop OÕ Dowd HS, Bonnie Sussman & Anne Bookin (Samantha Jones);ÊCOIL Charter HS, Gino Barichello and Genny Wu (Isabella Calvin);ÊFoothill HS (Pleasanton USD), Paige Dagen;ÊGranada HS (Livermore Valley JUSD), Bob Marriotti (Brennan Mock);ÊIrvington HS (Fremont USD), Clarice Chang, Aparna Iyer, Sruti Nagam (Rachel Wang); Moreau Catholic HS, Phil Wilder, Nick Cornell and Fr. Bruce Cecil (Sarosh Sopariwalla);ÊOakland School for the Arts, Cathryn Kuzmeski (August Stevens);ÊPiedmont HS (Piedmont USD), David Keller (Ella Nielsen);ÊSkyline HS (Oakland USD), Andrew Burt (Jacqueline Verduzco)

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