Student Yazmin Soulati earned a best attorney award representing the plaintiff in one trial, and a best witness award for portraying the principal in the second trial, where she was cross examined for nearly 85% of the time allotted for cross examination of all defense witnesses.
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“I would also note that Stephnie Obetta won a best attorney award against CJ, where she defeated a team that had defeated her team last season,” Heck said. “Jacob Beaver won a best witness award in that trial by thinking on his feet under intense cross examination.”
Amrita Saini and Mina Nassar, two freshmen in their first year of mock trial ever, won against Shawnee High School where Amrita won best attorney, according to Heck.
“It’s note worthy given their youth and inexperience with mock trial that we usually do not see that incredibly high level of performance and victory,” he said.
Soulati, 18, a senior captain on the team, said she was nervous at district competition because it’s single elimination, but felt confident that Centerville would advance to regionals.
“My team is strong and we worked really hard,” Soulati said, adding that being a part of the mock trial team has helped her gain a unique set of skills that will be beneficial academically and in everyday life. “I’ve had the chance to gain so many skills and at a minimum learn about teamwork. I am also excited that all four teams are going to regionals.”
Saini, 14, said she’s thrilled to be headed to the regionals as a freshman.
“We were really well prepared,” Saini said. “Going to the regionals as a freshman is awesome.”
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