After winning the State Championship in late March, MMT headed off to the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Athens, Georgia. Teams from all over the country, in addition to teams from South Korea, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, gathered in the UGA college town for a two-day long intensive mock trial tournament consisting of four scored rounds of competition. Unlike the County and State competitions where the festivities are limited to merely mock-trial related ones, the National Competition gives participating students many opportunities to engage with both each other and the case history itself. Students were able to participate in a pin-exchange, a Law Day hosted by the University of Georgia’s law school, and a night at the Georgia Theatre–one of the historical elements in the 2019 Nationals case.
At the National Competition, Menlo students participated in three scrimmage rounds–against Ohio, South Korea, and Mississippi–before starting the scored rounds. On the first day of competition, MMT played Florida in the first round and Nevada in the second round. On day two, MMT played Hawaii in the first round and Missouri in the second round. Menlo went 2-2, placing 22nd in the nation.
The National Competition marks the end of a fantastic season for MMT, who went undefeated through every round of Norcals, County, and States. Additionally, 2019 was the second year in all of Menlo Mock Trial history for Menlo to go to the National Competition. Can we make 2020 our third?