On March 17 the Redlands East Valley Mock Trial team traveled hundreds of miles to our state capital of Sacramento to compete in the annual California State Mock Trial Competition. They earned the honor of representing San Bernardino County there, for they beat Redlands High School in the Finals Round at the county level. Although, the REV team did not win the competition, they did place in 9th out of 34 teams and won many awards for the recognition of individual teammates.
The Redlands team competed in 4 separate rounds, where they traded off between defending and prosecuting the fictitious defendant Jamie Hayes. Each team has to present attorneys, a bailiff, a courtroom clerk, and witnesses to portray characters from the case material.
The team won every round that they competed in, with the exception of a tie in Round 3, where REV loss the tiebreak. Co-captain Ethan Knox said “I felt that Round 3 was extremely close. Although I wish the judges would have ruled our way, they deserved the win.” This loss prevented them from moving on to the Finals Round, however the team received heavy recognition at the awards ceremony when they had 5 separate awards bestowed upon them. Teacher Coach Ed Berman said “I’m very proud of the team this year for making the top 10 at State, as this is quite a feat. Especially when we were so heavily recognized for our individual teammates.”
The awards won by the REV Mock Trial team are as follows:
Captain Brennan Bartley won Outstanding Defense Attorney, Captain Jordan Miller won Outstanding Prosecution Attorney, Andres Downey won Best Depiction of Detective Terry Thomas, Amber Chapman won Best Courtroom Clerk, and Teacher Coach Ed Berman won Adult Advocate of the Year.