Congratulations to both teams from Menlo School on stellar finishes at the NorCal Mock Trial Invitational, hosted at Menlo School!
Menlo A had two very strong preliminary round performances, beating Miramonte and Prospect in order to qualify for the quarterfinals with a perfect 8-0 ballot record. In the quarterfinals, the team beat Moreau Catholic to qualify for the quarterfinals. The next day the team won in a very close round to against Tamalpais before losing in the championship trial to Trinity Pacific and finishing 2nd place overall.
Menlo B started the tournament with a win over Moreau Catholic and a split-decision loss to Elk Grove. The team barely missed out on quarterfinals, and in the third round lost to eventual 4th place finisher Shasta. In Round 4 the team beat Prospect, and in the 5th round the team beat Miramonte. Menlo B finished in 11th place overall.
Individual awards went to multiple Menlo students as well. For Menlo A, Colton Conley finished 5th place for defense attorneys, Ishani Thakur finished 3rd for prosecution pre-trial attorneys, Anika Padwekar finished 3rd for her Officer West portrayal, Natalia Cordon finished 1st for her Greyjoy portrayal (and ranked first in the whole tournament among witnesses), Toni Rende finished 3rd as clerk, and Mia Rosenblatt finished 2nd as bailiff. For Menlo B, Ethan Yan finished 3rd for defense pre-trial attorneys, and Vivian Liu finished 2nd for her portrayal of Frey. Tiffany Tam (prosecution trial attorney), Claire Horsley (Awbrey), Melody Zhou (Blake), and Ashli Jain (defense pre-trial) all picked up honorable mention awards for Menlo A as well.
After a weekend trip to Santa Barbara for a few final scrimmages, the two teams will be back in action for the San Mateo County Competition starting January 26th.