Mock Trial Kicks Off Season with 7 Team Scrimmage

This past weekend the Templeton High Mock Trial hosted over150 students from all over Central California to compete in a scrimmage. Seven teams attended and each team’s prosecution and defense were able to participate in two practice trials to hone their skills in preparation for competition season in February. 

“Scrimmages are incredibly valuable in helping the team recognize what works and doesn’t work in their directs, crosses, opening and closing statements, and pre-trial. It also gives them a chance to experiment as witnesses,” said THS Mock Trial Coach Haley Warren.

“Because this case is a murder case it allows us to be fully emerged in the facts and details which will make for passionate and exciting trials.” — Brooksley Pruitt, Attorney

The THS team was able to learn from some very advanced teams from other counties and each member of the THS team had bright moments at some point in the day. Students now know what they should work on in the coming weeks before our next big scrimmage in Carmel January 18th and 19th. 

“It was a great learning opportunity to compete against the top schools in the state” – Blake Fardanesh, Attorney

Blake Fardanesh, an attorney on this year’s team  was encouraged by the team’s performance and the outlook on this season.   The scrimmage was “great learning opportunity to compete against the top schools in the state.  When I look at this year’s team I am very optimistic that we will win the county and advance to the state competition,” he said.

Brooksley Pruitt, also an attorney, likes the case they are prosecuting. “Because this case is a murder case it allows us to be fully emerged in the facts and details which will make for passionate and exciting trials.”

Joining Blake and Brooksley in the role or attorneys are Erin Jewell, Hari Rajah, Christopher Coles and Jacob Rossel as well as witnesses Zain Keegan, Ashley Pascual, Julie Jarboe, Sydney Baker, Rushi Patel, Sammie Vaicius and Jack Shorrock.  

I feel like we have a good team this year.  As individuals we all have strengths so as a team we excel and it showed in our scrimmage this past weekend.” — Ashley Pascual, Witness

The team will have their next scrimmage in Carmel on January 18th-19th with county wide competitions taking place the first week of February.

In this year’ case, People v. Matsumoto, Bailey Matsumoto,  the founder of a technology start-up that develops autonomous (self-driving) trucks is charged with the murder of Bailey’s spouse, Taylor Matsumoto.   Read the Case Brief.

Last year the THS Mock Trial team came in second in the county and just missed advancing to the state wide competition.  

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