Congrats to the Pinole Valley High School’s mock trial team as it moved onto the playoff round last week at the Contra Costa County courthouse in Martinez, then with a win (3-1) onto the bonus round Tuesday evening.
The Spartan team, led by student advocates Lindsey Thepmany and Angelyn Armistead, beat Monte Vista of Danville last week on the verdict (Not Guilty) and on points.
Principal Kibby Kleiman attended the Feb. 16 contest and was impressed. “These students work beautifully as a team, Kleiman said. “Their ability to react quickly and spontaneously shows that they have applied their knowledge and skills to great effect.”
Kleiman noted that the Pinole Valley program, in just its second year, has made huge strides: “This team is fearless. They stood up and were aggressive without being obnoxious. They stayed focused and that showed in their ability to make adjustments on the fly.”
The Mock Trial activity that involves high schools throughout Contra Costa County demands students master both the prosecution and defense of a single case.
Schools then compete and vie for decisions made by local attorneys and judges.
Pinole Valley teachers, Patricia Blades and Ken Porto serve as the club’s sponsors and note that the victory belongs to the students who have given up nights and Saturdays to get ready for the events!
–Image courtesy of Pinole Valley High team