Sonoma Valley High School’s Mock Trial team continued a tradition of success and excellence winning the Napa County Mock Trial Competition for the sixth year in a row. The competition consisted of five teams: New Tech, Vintage High School, Napa High School, Justin-Siena and SVHS.
The SVHS team begins preparing for the three-day competition in September, when they receive the case and start reading it and assigning roles. According to Delaney Gold-Diamond, senior, once the roles have been assigned and the scripts written, it’s time to, “memorize, memorize, memorize. Some of the team members can rattle off 10 to 15 minutes of script.”
She describes Mock Trial as “a combination of a play and debate,” because, although the teams write scripts and memorize them, they are arguing the case against other teams, and have to react and counter-argue the other teams’ positions.
After winning the competition in Napa, the SVHS team went on to compete at the state competition, March 21 to 23, at the San Jose County Court House.
Janet Hansen, Mock Trial team advisor, explained that although they start working in September, it’s not until December, and after the winter break, that it becomes more intensive, with the team meeting multiple times a week and during Wednesday lunches.