February 22, 2011 > American High School shines in Mock Trial Competition
American High School shines in Mock Trial Competition
Fremont's American High School's Mock Trial team culminated four weeks of elimination-rounds, competing in the finals on February 17 against Oakland's Piedmont High School. The "rookie" American High team amazed everyone as they placed second in the competition. Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past month, the team traveled to Superior Court chambers in Oakland to compete in mock trials against other schools. A court judge observes the proceedings.
Mock Trial competition is designed to demystify and increase understanding of the judicial system. Student teams of ten to twenty students study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research and receive individual coaching by volunteer attorneys in trial preparation, courtroom protocol, courtroom procedure, analytical skills, and communication skills. Preparation begins in the fall and culminates with competition in February. Winning teams from county competitions meet at a state competition held in March.