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The Bishop’s School Mock Trial Team wins first at County, third at State

The Bishop’s School Mock Trial Team once again competed in the San Diego County Mock Trial Tournament, and after a victory over La Jolla Country Day School, advanced to the State tournament in Riverside, where they placed third.

(Standing) Lisa Missett, Matthew Kilman, Richard del Rio, Karin Vogel, Madeleine Nagle, Ian Banta, Naseem Moussavian, Eric Yu, Alexandra Krstic, Justin Geier, Jack Piegza, Christopher Halter, Jeff Hill, Daniel Cohn and Jennifer Kaplan Lebow. (Seated) Leo Li, Vivian Casillas, Tara Vogel, Ashley Peng
(Standing) Lisa Missett, Matthew Kilman, Richard del Rio, Karin Vogel, Madeleine Nagle, Ian Banta, Naseem Moussavian, Eric Yu, Alexandra Krstic, Justin Geier, Jack Piegza, Christopher Halter, Jeff Hill, Daniel Cohn and Jennifer Kaplan Lebow. (Seated) Leo Li, Vivian Casillas, Tara Vogel, Ashley Peng, Hannah Ankeny, Jack Kimmel, Caroline Thomas and Shafeen Pittal.

On Feb. 28, the Bishop’s won the San Diego County Tournament, their fifth win in six years. The mock trial team is a class project in Bishop’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government class. From October through February, students learn the roles of trial lawyers, witnesses, bailiff and clerk in order to advocate in a fictional criminal legal proceeding. Each round is scored by attorneys and presided over by judges of the San Diego Superior Court.

A few weeks later, the Bishop’s team competed in the state tournament in Riverside March 20-22. The team went undefeated in the two-day tournament and finished in third place out of thirty-four teams, just missing a spot in the championship round.

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This year’s team finished with a record of nine wins in both the county and state tournaments.