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Mock trial teams make state competition again


In a remarkable display of legal prowess, the Mock Trial teams from MHS have once again proven their skills on the statewide competition. 

Under the guidance of Coach Alison Skertic, both Varsity and Junior Varsity squads punched their tickets to the state championships, showcasing their dedication and skills in the courtroom arena. 

“This was the second year in a row that we had two teams make it to state, which is quite an accomplishment,” Coach Skertic remarked, acknowledging the tireless efforts put in from October to March. The case they tackled, delving into the intricate world of product liability, posed a formidable challenge, but it was one the teams met head-on with determination and grit.

One standout among the stars was Senior Carlton Clay, who clinched an impressive three Outstanding Attorney Awards, despite not leading the charge in opening or closing statements in his last round. 

Clay praised his teammate, Junior Naomi Pleasant, and their courtroom chemistry. 

“My favorite side was the plaintiff side. That was the side I was the most passionate about. It may have been because it was Naomi playing the plaintiff, so I was trying to protect her with everything I had,” Clay said.

Pleasant’s own recognition as one of the top witnesses underscored the collaborative ethos that defined the team’s dynamic. 

Clay and Pleasant were both on the varsity team, and they were joined this year at State by the JV team, made up completely of newcomers.

“I’m stoked to see what the JV team brings,” she shared. “We had an extremely strong JV team this year. I think they’ll be able to get even more accolades than we were ever able to get. I think Mock Trial will only be able to grow from here.”

Their challenging yet rewarding journey promises even greater achievements on the horizon.

The depth of talent within the MHS Mock Trial ranks was undeniable. Alongside Clay and Pleasant, the likes of Dayja Bland, Alex Farina, Ayana Catlin, and Jaden Steward left their mark, each contributing to the team’s collective success. While the final standings at the state level may not have mirrored expectations, the MHS Mock Trial teams left a lasting impression with their sportsmanship and professionalism.

Coach Skertic was proud of their conduct both inside and outside the courtroom, highlighting the lasting friendships forged through the journey.

“I saw a lot of students really blossom and gain confidence from Regionals through State and I’m really proud of them for overcoming their nerves and performing so well,” she said.

As the gavel falls on another unforgettable season, the legacy of the MHS Mock Trial teams stands tall—a testament to resilience, camaraderie, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

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