Once more it was a close contest, but at the end of the competition between arch rivals on the football field, it was Carmel who won in the “courtroom.” Before a standing-room only crowd of teachers, classmates, parents and fellow students, Carmel was declared the overall winner as well as garnering the highest number of “outstanding” awards overall, outpacing Pacific Grove, Gonzales, Palma, Alvarez and Santa Catalina.
The event, sponsored by the Lyceum of Monterey, has been building to the climax as well. Attorneys, judges, and various coaches from across the county contributed to the 18th year of this outstanding event which saw teenagers enacting a trial, smartly dressed in black and gray suits, some in high heels. The trial this year was about a restauranteur accused to forced labor of an immigrant. It included expert witnesses and character witnesses and more. The verdict was guilty, in case you wondered, but not for lack of an excellent defense.
Carmel will be sending its Mock Trial team to the state competition, as well as the top two winners of the journalism and courtroom artist awards. Please click the link below for individual results. What a presentation these teenagers, smartly dressed in black suits, and some in high heels, gave. 2017 Mock Trial Results