This year we had 17 participants from AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School. The Mock Trial team was coached by the school’s English teacher, Mrs. Anoush Markarian and attorney Ani Papirian. Our students did an amazing job, received many words of praise and recognition and advanced through to Round 2. Freshman, Lucine Ekizian and Senior, Allen Amirian both received the coveted "Most Valuable Participant" award this year. We are extremely proud of all of them for representing our school so positively.
The Los Angeles Mock Trial Program is an academic competition in which over 2,500 high school and middle school students compete at the county level. Student teams study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, and receive guidance from volunteer attorneys in courtroom procedures and trial preparation. The trial itself is a simulation of a criminal case, in which students portray lawyers, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs, thus acquiring a working knowledge of our judicial system while developing their analytical abilities and communication skills.