Chaminade Mock Trial Makes History…Again

Chaminade Mock Trial has accomplished what no team from Los Angeles County ever has: they reached the semifinals at the California State Championship two years in a row. This is on top of their history-making victory in November 2016; a back-to-back Los Angeles County Championship in the senior division, and a concurrent first-place win in the junior division.

As was the case last year, the Legal Eagles first had to prevail in the largest county Mock Trial competition in the country, and defeat more than 90 different teams. No school has ever repeated as Los Angeles County Champion in a field of this size.

Winning qualified the team to represent Los Angeles County at the State Championship held in Riverside. From the beginning, Chaminade was considered one of the teams to beat. In their first round, the Prosecution Team defeated the county champion, Justin-Sienna High School (Napa). In Round 2, Chaminade’s Defense Team faced and defeated former State Champion Redlands High School (San Bernardino). The Defense was called upon again in Round 3 to win against former State Champion and reigning Sacramento County Champion Elk Grove High School.

Wins in the first three rounds secured the Legal Eagles a spot in one of two semifinal rounds against Shasta High School (Shasta). In their third match of the day in a packed courtroom, Chaminade was narrowly defeated. However, their 3-1 record and scores secured Chaminade fourth place overall at State. This is ahead of former State Champions and Mock Trial Powerhouse schools Menlo, Tamalpais, Riverside Poly, Centennial, Redlands, Elk Grove and La Reina.

This year’s case was People v. Awbrey, where the Defendant, Cameron Awbrey was charged with the Human Trafficking and False Imprisonment of the chef of his new restaurant, a young immigrant from the fictional country of Tanterra.

Three members of the team were recognized for their performances during the competition, including Bryce Hurless ’17 who received the most outstanding witness award for his portrayal of the Defendant Cameron Awbrey. Others receiving recognition include attorneys Samantha Bader ’18 and Louis Gerny ’18.

The members of the 2016-17 Mock Trial Team are 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, Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Spencer Delgado ’18, Hannah Sellfors ’18, Bryce Shirley ’18, Claire Fairtlough ’19, Isiuwa Omoigui ’19, Julia Wilson ’19, Brenna Cheney ’19 and Chloe Johnson ’19. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

 

Middle and High School Mock Trial Teams Win Los Angeles County Championship

dual-champsChaminade Mock Trial made history at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Wednesday capturing both the 2016 Junior and Senior Division Los Angeles County Championships sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. It is the first time ever that one school has won both.

More than 150 schools and more than 2,500 students argued the People v. Awbrey, a case focused on the issue of human trafficking. During more than a month of competition that spanned seven rounds, the High School Legal Eagles went undefeated on their way to repeating as County Champions. In the final round, Chaminade’s Defense team faced a rematch of last year’s championship against the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. The Defense legal team, led by attorneys Spencer Levitt ’17, Conor Fairtlough ’17, and Rebecca Steinberg ’18, argued their case to Superior Court Judge Ron Rose and six distinguished scoring attorneys from the LA District Attorney’s office, the Public Defender’s office, the California Attorney General’s office, and the US Attorney’s office.

The middle school team also went undefeated throughout the competition facing John Adams Middle School in the finals.  The Prosecution Team led by attorneys Katherine Schultz ’21, Skyelar Takac ’21, and Brendan Teehan ’21 won the verdict, and Katherine Schultz was recognized as the MVP for the round.

Other students receiving individual recognition for their outstanding performances during the competition include Maxwell Newman ’17 as top Pre-trial Attorney and Rebecca Steinberg ’18 as top Defense Attorney. Armen Ajemian ’21 from the middle school team was also recognized as the top Defense Attorney for the junior high competition.

The members of the 2016 High School Championship Team are 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, Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Spencer Delgado ’18, Hannah Sellfors ’18, Bryce Shirley ’18 Isiuwa Omoigui ’19, Claire Fairtlough ’19, Julia Wilson ’19, Brenna Cheney ’20, and Chloe Johnson ’20.

The members of the 2016 Middle School Championship Team are Armen Ajemian ’21, Sophia Canzona ’21, Dario Cardenas ’21, Leroy Freelon III ’21, Izabella Gandara ’21, Serena Gill ’21, Hannah Hayes ’21, Priyanka Khanna ’21, Maddie Marker ’21, Chandler Moutes-Lee ’21, Katherine Schultz ’21, Bailey Sellfors ’21, Skylar Takac ’21, Brendan Teehan ’21, and John Van der Wel ’21.

The championship teams are coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

The high school team now moves on to the California State Championship to be held in Riverside March 24-26, 2017.

Mock Trial Prepares to Defend its Championship

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In preparation for the defense of its 2015 Los Angeles County Championship, the Chaminade High School Mock Trial team competed at the 3rd Annual Beach Ball Invitational this past weekend. The field of 24 teams from around the state included 19 current and former County Champions, nine State Champions, and five World Champions. After four rounds of competition, the Legal Eagles placed 3rd against these elite mock trial schools.

The Mock Trial team split ballots with reigning Marin County and former State Champion Tamalpais High School and former Ventura County and State Champion La Reina High School. The team won both ballots against reigning Alameda County Champion Lowell High School and reigning Sacramento County and former State Champion Elk Grove High School.

Maxwell Newman ’17 was recognized as the Top Pre-Trial Attorney at the competition.  Samantha Bader ’18 was recognized as a Top Attorney and was one of only four who received every first place vote throughout the tournament. Veronica Mansour ’17 was given Honorable Mention as a Top Witness. This is the second year in a row that she has been recognized as a Top Witness at Beach Ball.

The Mock Trial team begins the defense of its Los Angeles County Championship this Tuesday, November 1, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The current Chaminade High School Mock Trial Team includes Seniors Lexi Afradi, Christopher Azarloza, Conor Fairtlough, Christine Gotthardt, Bryce Hurless, Spencer Levitt, Kristina Marter, Veronica Mansour, and Maxwell Newman; Juniors Samantha Bader, Spencer Delgado, Louis Gerny, Rebecca Steinberg, Hannah Sellfors, Bryce Shirley, and Julia Wilson; Sophomores Isiuwa Omoigui and Claire Fairtlough; and Freshmen Brenna Cheney, Ajay Dodani, Chloe Johnson, Skyelar Kim, and Lauren Lombardi.  The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

Chaminade Mock Trial Reaches State Semi-Finals

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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.

Chaminade Mock Trial Wins Los Angeles County Championship

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The Chaminade High School Mock Trial Team captured its first Los Angeles County Championship in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial competition held at the Stanley Mosk Superior Courthouse Wednesday night.

Starting with 94 high school teams from throughout the county, students argued the People v. Hayes, a murder case involving alleged police brutality with a justifiable homicide defense.  During more than a month of competition that spanned seven rounds, the Legal Eagles went undefeated, defeating Malibu High School, Palos Verdes Peninsula, North Hollywood High School, Clark High School, and previous county champions Louisville High School and Monroe High School.  In the final round, Chaminade’s Prosecution team won a conviction against the Defense team from the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies and captured the title. The Prosecution legal team, led by attorneys Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, and Rebecca Steinberg ’18, argued their case to Superior Court Judge Ron Rose and five distinguished practicing attorneys.

Samantha Bader ’18 was recognized as the top Prosecution Attorney for the entire competition. Noah Aire ’20  from the middle school team was also recognized as a top witness in the Junior High competition for his portrayal of Campus Security Director Lou Williams.

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The members of the 2015 Championship 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, Ariana Otero ’17, Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Spencer Delgado ’18, and Hannah Sellfors ’18. The championship team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

Chaminade now moves on to the California State Championship to be held in Sacramento March 18-20, 2016.