NorCal Invitational 2020

In mid-January, Menlo Mock Trial took the 10th Annual NorCal Mock Trial Invitational by storm with the Varsity team winning the Championship title and the JV team placing 12th overall!

Both the Varsity and JV teams played five great rounds against many of the top teams in California to kick off the CRF competition season. In addition to their team victories, MMT also racked up many individual awards across the Varsity and JV teams. 

  • Pre-Trial awards: Ethan Yan (Varsity, 1st, Prosecution), Diya Baliga (Varsity, 1st, Defense), Helen Barkley (JV, 2nd, Defense), Alex Levitt (JV, 3rd, Prosecution). This is the first time in Menlo history that 4 pre-trialers have won awards. It is also the first time since 2013 that MMT’s Varsity pre-trialers have placed first on both sides, and the first time in Menlo history that the JV team has won a pre-trial award on both sides. 
  • Trial Attorney awards: Madeline Levin (Varsity, 3rd, Prosecution), Meredith Fenyo (Varsity, Honorable Mention, Defense), Leo Jergovic (Varsity, Honorable Mention, Defense), Abby Becker (JV, Honorable Mention, Defense), Penelope Stinson (JV, Honorable Mention, Prosecution). 
  • Witness awards: Mackenzie Ford (Varsity, 1st, Desi Kunstler), Emma McGaraghan (Varsity, 1st, Val Glick), Olivia Velten-Lomelin (Varsity, 2nd, Detective Micah Eisenberg), Alea Marks (JV, 1st, Dr. Jules Jackson), Tessa Frantz (JV, 2nd, Val Glick). Menlo’s Varsity team also won the highest ranking Prosecution witness team award (Mackenzie Ford, Olivia Velten-Lomelin, Annabelle Marenghi, and Libby Eggemeier) and the highest ranking Defense witness team award (Jacob Halabe, Meera Rajagopal, William Akis, Emma McGaraghan, and Mara Lebovitz). Finally, senior Emma McGaraghan made NorCal history in becoming the first witness ever to get 46/50 possible ranks, surpassing the previous record set by junior Mack Ford in 2019 for 43/50 ranks. 

After a successful NorCal tournament, both the Varsity and JV teams geared up for their County competitions later in the month. 

To close, Menlo Mock Trial would like to say a huge thank you to Stanford Mock Trial for co-hosting the Norcal tournament this year and, more specifically, to Thom Scher for doing a phenomenal job running the tournament. 

Pictured: Menlo Mock Trial’s Varsity team after winning their 3rd consecutive NorCal championship title in January, 2020.

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