The Edinburg North High School Mock Trial Team placed 6th in a pool of 24 of the state’s strongest mock trial teams during the State Mock Trial Competition held in early March in Dallas. Their cross-town counterpart, Edinburg High School placed in the middle of the competition, bringing home a 12th place finish.
The two Edinburg teams took home top honors at the regional Mock Trial Competition held in early February. The local event was sponsored by the Region One Education Service Center.
Members of the Edinburg North High School Mock Trial Team are Alissa Garza, Laura Gonzalez, Maria Aissa Guerra, Daniel Gutierrez, Sebastian Ramirez, Alice Regalado, Alyss Saenz, Erin Valdez, Samantha Valdez, Danielle Vasquez, and Coach Sam Milligan.
Members of the Edinburg High School Mock Trial Team are Andrea De La Vega, Alexis Garcia, Noe Gonzalez, Doris Gutierrez, Ricky Hernandez, Andrea Jimenez, Michael Kasprzynski, Victoria Nava, Pete Ramirez, Ashley Rocha, and Coaches Melissa Rowland and Melissa Zamora.
The Texas High School Mock Trial competition is a statewide extracurricular program whose primary purpose is to increase students’ understanding of the judicial system by providing a first hand experience in court, explains Region One ESC Mock Trial Coordinator, Esequiel Martinez. The competition requires students to address legal issues, legal procedures, reasoning skills in a “real life” setting, and critical, productive, and creative thinking, explains Martinez. By participating in the Mock Trial competition students prepare the role of witnesses and attorneys and employ legal strategies for the hypothetical case assigned to all teams.
“The students and coaches work extensive hours studying and preparing for this competition,” says Martinez. “These dedicated teams work after school, weekends, and sometimes even during their school breaks to perfect their case.” In addition to working with their school Mock Trial Team Coach, students also get advice and pointers from practicing attorneys who share their expertise with students. Special thanks are extended to the Hidalgo County attorneys who donated their time to serve as “judges” throughout the varying levels of competition.
Region One Education Service Center (www.esc1.net) serves over 390,000 students and educators in seven counties in south Texas including Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata counties. Region One works to assist school districts in improving student performance, assist districts to operate more efficiently and economically, and implement initiatives assigned by the legislature or the Commissioner of Education.