With the assistance of a teacher and attorney coach, The Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Mock Trial program actively engages over 8,000 students across the state of California. By studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for the trial, students also develop presentation skills, analytic ability, and team cooperation. The competition simulates a criminal court case‒a murder case on this one‒where students perform as attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and clerks.
This year we have 16 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 the Deputy District Attorney, Mrs. Armenui (Amy) Ashvanian. On Thursday, November 2nd, the first round took place in Downtown, Los Angeles. The prosecution team successfully won the verdict. On November 9th, the second round took place and consequently, the defense team won the verdict. On Monday, November 13th the AGBU MHS Mock Trial Team advanced to the playoffs of the statewide Mock Trial; only 24 of 100 schools advanced.
AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School is the only Armenian school to make it to the playoffs in all of CRF’s Mock Trial history.