Oklahoma City — Moore High School defeated Owasso High School in the final round of competition for the second year in a row to claim the 2016 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Championship. The final round of competition was held March 1 at the OU Law Center in Norman. The two teams argued a case that focused on the civil prosecution of computer company being accused of capturing a student’s private messages and searches.
The Moore High School team will represent the state during the national competition to be held in Boise, Idaho, in May. Team members are Noah Andies, Michael Day, Alexander Elsea, Dylan Hestand, Daniel Lambert, Juan Martinez, Joshua Sanders, Jada Small and Kendrick Wilson.
“Moore High School has again demonstrated its commitment not only to the Mock Trial competition but also its commitment to the education of our youth about the very cornerstones of our democracy,” said Oklahoma Bar Association President Garvin A. Isaacs of Oklahoma City. “I am confident they will represent Oklahoma well at the national competition.”
This year’s winners of the best attorney awards were Daniel Lambert of Moore High School and Mariano Avila of Owasso High School. Juan Martinez of Moore High School and Emma Ridenour of Owasso High School were chosen as the best witnesses.
The judges evaluated the students based on their familiarity of the case and the formulation of their arguments. Students received points for each phase of the trial, opening, direct and cross examination, closing argument and how well their witnesses responded. Teams are paired with volunteer attorney coaches. Moore’s attorney coach is David Smith. The team is also coached by teachers Sandra Mayfield and Gavin Hart.
Out of the 36 teams across the state that began competing in January, the other top finishers are, in third place: Bishop Kelley High School; fourth: Ada High School Team Red; fifth: Clinton High School; sixth: Jenks High School; seventh: Ada High School Team White; and eighth: Calera High School.
Presiding judge for the final round of the competition was Retired Judge Edward Cunningham. Scoring judges were Retired Judge Glenn Adams, Retired Judge Kenneth Dickerson, Judge Shon Erwin, Judge David Lewis and Judge Suzanne Mitchell.
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored and funded by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Nearly 400 judges and attorneys volunteered their time to work with mock trial teams as coaches and to conduct the competitions.
The foundation, through its grants and awards program, allocates funds to nonprofit agencies and programs like mock trial. The mission of the foundation is to ensure justice is possible for all Oklahomans through the promotion of law, education and access to justice. The 18,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.