Eagle Defense Team Defeats Morro Bay and Atascadero

“THS Mock Trial did an outstanding job on Saturday and won both of our trials on Saturday against Morro Bay and Atascadero High School,” shared Haley Warren, THS Mock Trial Advisor.  Mock Trial, of course,  requires a team effort to be successful, but that being said there are several individual highlights that need to be mentioned.

“It was fantastic to seeing the team’s countless hours of work culminate in two impressive wins.” — Blake Fardanesh, THS Lawyer

Jack Shorrock received the “Most Outstanding Opponent (MOO) Award” from Atascadero and Erin Jewell received the MOO from Morro Bay. These awards are given to an opposing team member after each trial that they feel gave a memorable and skillful performance.

Blake Fardanesh received three perfect scores for pre-trial    Blake shared, “It was fantastic seeing the team’s countless hours of work culminate in two impressive wins.”  And added about his three perfect scores, “I’m very happy to have been successful and to be able to support my team.”  Sydney Barker was the Eagle’s highest scoring witness.

Both rounds featured  our defense, which means our prosecution team will go against Mission Prep and San Luis Obispo High tomorrow and Thursday.

“Based on our performance on Saturday and our prospects this week, we are hopeful we will advance to next week’s semi-finals,” said Mrs. Warren.

Junior Ashley Pascual, a THS witness, shared, “Saturday was our first day of competition and we won both trials which was not a surprise.  I am so proud of how far the team has come even with unforeseen challenges.  I am so excited to see how the rest of the season turns out!

For those of you unfamiliar with Mock Trial it is a high school competition where students portray attorneys, witnesses, court clerks and bailiffs in a hypothetical court case.

This year’s case, People v. Matsumoto, centers around Bailey Matsumoto and the death of her spouse, Taylor. Bailey and Taylor ran a startup for self-driving trucks, which was a point of conflict for the two of them. Taylor’s 16-year-old son, Michael, died due to a self-driving scooter accident, and Taylor’s grudge against the startup was unrelenting. After Taylor’s participation in a new bill against autonomous vehicles incited a fight between Bailey and Taylor, Taylor was found dead in a bathtub in their mansion. Bailey Matsumoto was charged with murder.

“Based on our performance on Saturday and our prospects this week, we are hopeful we will advance to next week’s semi-finals,” said Mrs. Warren.

 

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