The eight high school teams that will advance to the semifinals of the 2020 Ventura County Mock Trial were announced today by the Ventura County Office of Education. The semifinalists received the eight highest scores of the teams participating in this year’s Mock Trial. Listed in order of their scores, the final eight teams are:
- Oak Park Black
- St. Bonaventure High School
- Newbury Park Gold
- Westlake High School
- Santa Susana Hamilton
- Santa Susana Lincoln
- Oaks Christian Lions
- St. Augustine Academy
The public is invited to watch the semifinals tonight, February 26, at 5:00 pm at the Ventura County Superior Court at 800 South Victoria Ave. in Ventura. The public is also invited as the final four teams face off Thursday evening at 5:00 pm at the courthouse.
The Mock Trial awards ceremony will be held on Monday, March 2 at 6:00 pm at the Buena High School Auditorium at 5670 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003. The public is invited to attend and media coverage is welcomed.
About the 2020 Ventura County Mock Trial
The Mock Trial competition is coordinated annually by the Ventura County Office of Education. Courtroom drama comes to life as students take on the roles of participants in a criminal trial, including attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and journalists. The students present their cases in real courtrooms before actual local judges who volunteer for the competition. Local attorneys serve as coaches and score the competition. This year’s fictitious case is People v. Matsumoto: A Murder Trial.
High schools participating this year are: Adolfo Camarillo High School, Agoura High School, Buena High School, Calabasas High School, Channel Islands High School, Fillmore High School, Grace Brethren Jr/Sr High School, La Reina High School, Monte Vista Independent Learning Academy, Newbury Park High School, Nordhoff High School, Oak Park High School, Oaks Christian School, Oxnard High School, Pacifica High School, Rio Mesa High School, Royal High School, Saint Bonaventure High School, Santa Paula High School, Santa Susana High School, Simi Valley High School, St. Augustine Academy, Thousand Oaks High School, Trinity Pacific Christian School, Ventura High School, and Westlake High School.
The winner of the county competition will go on to the state mock trial contest March 20-22 in Los Angeles. 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 June Liu from La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks.
Additional information about the 2020 Ventura County Mock Trial is available at vcoe.org/mocktrial.