Torrey Mock Trial Competes Virtually
By Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
Mock Trial members compete with the top 16 teams from California.
Torrey Mock Trial (TMT) members were invited to the prestigious 11th Annual NorCal Invitational Mock Trial Tournament, held virtually on January 9–10. Hosted by the Menlo School, NorCal selects 16 teams from the best mock trial programs in California for an intense weekend of five rounds of competition.
LJCDS has been competing in this tournament since 2016 and earned an impressive eighth-place finish this year up against county, state and national championship teams. Mock trial develops public speaking and presentation skills, hands-on knowledge of the law, teamwork skills, and the ability to adapt and adjust to changing circumstances.
Congratulations to those who earned an unprecedented eight awards of individual achievement:
Witnesses and Clerk
Sophia Cheng ’21: honorable mention, witness Erin Sullivan, talent agent to the defendant
Alice Irvin ’21: second place for Lee Croddy, defendant and YouTube personality
Caroline Kelly ’22: third place for Dr. Kai Chavez, expert witness on groupthink
Eshi Nair ’23: first place for Zuri O’Neill, a follower of Lee Croddy
Fiona Paterson ’21: third place, Clerk of the Court
Andrew Kuhn ’21: fifth place overall among all defense attorneys and automatic entry into the Gladiator One-on-One Mock Trial World Championship in summer 2021
Roma Nagle ’22: honorable mention, pretrial defense attorney
Daniel Wolf ’21: first place, pretrial prosecution attorney
Kudos also go to the other TMT members who contributed to the team’s placement: Ricardo Cervera ’22, Walter Chen ’21, Grace Karmazin-Schneider ’21, Tavisha Khanna ’22, Dani Mendoza-Diaz ’23, Lauren Miller ’21, Tofi Poumele ’21, Sara Sigal ’23, Terry Tran ’22 and Eric Yang ’23.
The next event is the San Diego County Mock Trial Competition. TMT will field two teams this year—20 Upper Schoolers on varsity and 25 Middle Schoolers on junior varsity—at the online tournament, which begins the last week of January and continues through February. Go Torreys!