Trinity Pacific Christian School is the winner of the 2018 Ventura County Mock Trial. The Mock Trial results were announced this evening at an awards ceremony at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Here is how the top eight teams placed:
1. Trinity Pacific - Omega Team
3. Adolfo Camarillo - Blue Team
4. Oak Park - Black Team
5. La Reina
6. Newbury Park - Gold Team
7. St. Bonaventure
8. Santa Susana
Thirty-four Ventura County teams participated in this year’s competition. Trinity Pacific will go on to represent Ventura County in the state mock trial contest to be held March 16-18 in Orange County.
About the 2018 Ventura County Mock Trial
The Mock Trial competition is coordinated annually by the Ventura County Office of Education. In this unique educational competition, courtroom drama comes to life as students take on the major roles of a criminal case, including attorneys, witnesses and even bailiffs. The students present their cases before actual local judges who volunteer for the competition. Local attorneys serve as coaches.
This year’s fictitious case is People v. Davidson, the trial of Casey Davidson, who is charged with first degree murder for the death of Alex Thompson, a member of an extremist nationalist group.
High schools participating this year are: Adolfo Camarillo, Agoura, Buena, Channel Islands, Fillmore, Grace Brethren, Hueneme, La Reina, Newbury Park, Newbury Park Adventist Academy, Nordhoff, Oak Park, Oaks Christian, Oxnard, Pacifica, Rio Mesa, Royal, Saint Bonaventure, Santa Paula, Santa Susana, Simi Valley, St. Augustine Academy, Thousand Oaks, Trinity Pacific Christian School, Ventura, Villanova Preparatory School and Westlake.
The winner of the county competition advances to the state mock trial contest. Ventura County has taken first place at the state level in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
This year’s Ventura County Mock Trial logo artwork was created by Saachi Kotia from Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley.
Additional information about Ventura County Mock Trial is available at vcoe.org/mocktrial.