This past weekend, Menlo Mock Trial was in Denver competing in its sixth straight Providence Cup Tournament. For the 6th straight year, Menlo qualified for the championship round, and for the 3rd straight year (and 5th year overall) MMT came home as Providence Champions.
Menlo’s team, arguing a fictionalized version of the JFK assassination, was comprised of 9 students: Colton Conley, Makayla Conley, Katie Guardino, Claire Horsley, Jacob Julian-Kwong, Amrita Misha, Anika Padwekar, Ben Shaw and Tiffany Tam. The team was coached by Thom Scher, Susan Hoerger, Carrie Adkins, and faculty sponsor Dan Devitt.
In the first round of the tournament, Menlo’s defense defeated Grandview of Colorado. In the second round, Menlo’s prosecution defeated American Heritage of Florida in a rematch of last year’s championship trial – the American Heritage squad wound up finishing 6th place this year. In the third round, Menlo’s defense beat Faith Lutheran of Nevada (the defending NV State Champions, and National 9th place team) who wound up finishing 4th. In the fourth round, Menlo’s prosecution beat Lakewood of Colorado (the defending CO State Champions, and National 14th place team) who wound up finishing 3rd. In the championship trial, Menlo’s defense defeated Regis Jesuit of Colorado (the CO 2nd place team from last year). All-in-all, Menlo’s path to its 5th Providence Cup ran through 2 defending state champions, and the eventual 6th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place teams.
Menlo is 27-3 all-time at the Providence Tournament, and has not lost a round of the competition in 15 straight trials. The team also extends its win streak outside of CA to 18 straight, extending back to Round 2 of the 2014 National Championships.
Next up, the MMT squad will begin preparing the CA case, People v. Awbrey.