After three fun, mock-filled days, Tam High Mock Trial walked away with a sixth place trophy at the Inaugural Golden State Mock Trial competition that took place in Sacramento this past weekend.
The team competed in four rounds of competition at the Sacramento County Courthouse, trying the fictional first-degree murder case of People v. Pearl. This case described the potential gruesome murder of environmentalist Benjamin Amado by a businessman named Tristan Pearl – in Pearl’s attempt to secure grant money for his ocean-saving invention. Facing off against La Jolla Country Day School and three teams from Trinity Pacific Christian Academy, the team finished the four rounds with a record of 5-3 They lost two ballots to Trinity Pacific’s C-Team who went on to win the tournament.
This was the first Golden State Tournament Tam attended as well as the first Golden State Tournament hosted. The tournament’s tab director and Menlo Mock Trial coach Thom Scher described the weekend as an attempt to make mock trial “fair, transparent, and fun.” Opening ceremonies for the weekend began on the Crest Movie Theater’s main stage with an hour-long performance featuring a marching band, fog machines and never-before-seen video “news” footage from the People v. Pearl case. “This was – without a doubt – the best tournament we went to all season,” said junior and prosecution team captain Elissa Asch.
In addition to clinching the sixth place trophy, the Tam team walked away with several individual awards. Sophomore Mario Micklow was awarded Best Witness for his portrayal of 29-year-old Dylan Cave – an eyewitness to the murder caught purchasing illegal drugs on a beach. Elissa Asch took the stage to accept an award as Best Attorney and Casey Khademi – one of the team’s coaches – received the “Coach of the Year” award decided on by the tournament’s hosting committee of current mock trial coaches.
Though Golden State represents the end of a long season for Tam High Mock Trial, it sets the stage for more tournaments and victories to come. Sophomore Sydney Brown exclaimed after the tournaments award ceremony, “Now I’m so excited for next year!”