By CARLA MOORE
No one knows how much time and energy goes into preparing for Mock Trial, except the students, parents, and coaches involved. The students that I have coached these past two years show a tremendous amount of poise, courage, and intelligence to take part in what can be a rewarding, but grueling experience. They work for months on memorizing the case, getting their own parts down, researching different actual court cases, and watching hours of YouTube to get the feel of what is expected of them, and then possibly only having 4 nights of competing. If they are lucky, they might have 5, 6, or more if they make it to State.
This is not only learning a part of the judicial system; it is having to know the art of objections and rebuttals and having to think quickly on your feet. I would not have been able to do this when I was in high school. These students are admirable and deserve to be recognized, which is why last night’s competition was disappointing. Both of El Diamante’s teams have won their two competitions so far, but the end of one of the team’s competition showed the students how difficult and ugly things could get. The opposing team tried to wiggle their way into winning by being petty and mean. Luckily the judge used the lack of evidence that is required in any real trial and showed our students that truth prevails.
El Diamante has two more regular nights of competition at the Tulare County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 29th and Thursday, January 31st and the teams would love to have you present. It goes from 5:15 p.m. and is finished by 8:00 p.m. Your support is greatly appreciated.