By: Jennifer Bader
For the first time ever, Chaminade Mock Trial reached the State Championship in Sacramento held March 18– 20. In order to qualify, Chaminade had to defeat 93 teams in Los Angeles back in November to emerge as the LA County Champion, the largest of any county competition in the country.
In Sacramento, Chaminade announced their presence from the start, defeating three of the best teams in California, and two state champions including Yolo County Champion River City, Marin County Champion Tamalpais, and Sacramento County Champion Elk Grove. Chaminade’s undefeated record secured them a spot in the State semi-finals falling only to the San Marino County Champion and eventual State Runner-Up Menlo.
Several members of the team were recognized for their outstanding performances during the competition, including Noelle Johnson ’16 who received the Honorable J. Skelly Wright Constitutional Advocacy Award for Best Prosecution Pretrial Attorney in the competition. Others receiving recognition include attorneys Spencer Levitt ’17 and Louis Gerny ’16 as well as witnesses Hannah Sellfors ’18 and London Pace ’16.
The team and coaches would like to thank the entire Chaminade Family, especially Mr. Webb, Ms. Labelle, Dr. Colón and of all of the Mock Trial parents and families for their support throughout the championship season.
The members of the 2015-16 Mock Trial Team are Noelle Johnson ’16, London Pace ’16, Maxwell Newman ’17, Conor Fairtlough ’17, Spencer Levitt ’17, Lexi Afradi ’17, Veronica Mansour ’17, Christine Gotthardt ’17, Christopher Azarloza ’17, Bryce Hurless ’17, Kristina Marter ’17, Judy Yang ’17, Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Spencer Delgado ’18, and Hannah Sellfors ’18. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.