2020 MVP Award: Meredith Fenyo

This tribute to Senior Meredith Fenyo was written by Ethan Yan, 2019 MVP Award recipient

Although the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended the 2019-20 Menlo Mock Trial season, the team gathered virtually at the end of May to celebrate the year. This season, the Varsity team collected championships at the 2019 Providence Cup, 2020 NorCal Mock Trial Invitational, and 2020 County tournament, while the Junior Varsity team—led for the first time by William Kwong and Kathy Julian—had impressive performances at NorCal (12th) and County (2nd). After tributes to the coaches and seniors, the celebration concluded with the announcement of the 2020 Chris Lagod MVP Award winner: Meredith Fenyo.

After an illustrious four-year career, Meredith occupies rarefied air amidst a long history of distinguished MMT team members. While on the Junior Varsity team—first as a Defense middle trial attorney and later as a Prosecution pre-trial attorney—she won two County titles and impressed with her delivery of short, incisive cross-examinations, command of legal terminologies and caselaw, and sophisticated understanding of the pertinent concepts. As a sophomore, she also made her debut on the Varsity team, serving as the unofficial timer at States. After becoming a Varsity trial attorney the following year, Meredith became the second Junior to win a Trial Attorney Certificate at the County competition (after Kate Park in 2013) and the first Junior to double as a trial attorney at States, leading the Defense team to victory in the State Finals. To cap off the season, she closed at the National Championships, receiving a Star Attorney award from an opposing team in the process.

Although cut short, her senior season was even more impressive. She was the Defense closer throughout the year, becoming the second MMTer to do so in back-to-back years (after Mary Hanley in 2009-11). Following a winning performance at the Providence Cup, Meredith once again helped deliver a NorCal victory, securing an honorable mention attorney award in the process. On the way to defending MMT’s County title in 2020, Meredith’s Round 2 performance was one of the most dominant in MMT history. She became only the second MMT trial attorney (after Tiffany Tam in 2018) to receive perfect scores of 10 from both scorers for all of her performances: two cross examinations, one direct examination, and one closing argument. All in all, during Meredith’s tenure as a Varsity trial attorney, MMT won two NorCal titles, two County titles, one State title, and one Providence title. Furthermore, Meredith graduates with a perfect 25-0 record as a CRF Defense closer, the best record in the history of MMT trial attorneys!

Yet if there is anything more impressive than Meredith’s aforementioned achievements, it is the way in which she went about them; Meredith’s MMT career was defined as much by perseverance and determination as it was by victory. She first became a closing attorney less than one week before the 2019 NorCal tournament, learning new examinations and a closing argument when sickness forced a roster reshuffle. Not to be outdone, she then succumbed to illness herself a day before NorCals in 2020. Despite being far from 100%, Meredith still helped secure a team title and won an individual accolade. But more than these anecdotes, Meredith has been the consummate team member, role model, and leader. She inspires others with her constant desire to improve, mastery of the rules of evidence, remarkable extemporaneity, rhetorical flair, and most of all, her selfless dedication to her teammates.

The Menlo Mock Trial Program could not be prouder of Meredith for winning the 2020 MVP award and would like to offer our immense congratulations to her. We are grateful for all she has contributed to the team and wish her well this summer at Gladiator and in all of her future endeavors.

Providence Cup Champions 2019

On October 17th, MMT travelled to Denver, Colorado for the annual Providence Cup and returned with the first place trophy! It was Menlo’s 8th year at the tournament and 6th victory.

The Providence pre-season tournament gives students an opportunity to argue historical cases. This year, the case was modeled off of the infamous Lindenberg baby kidnapping of the 1930s. Eight experienced Menlo Mock Trial members, all of whom travelled to Georgia for the National Championship in May last season, performed at Providence.

MMT played teams from across the country over the weekend. After two rounds on Friday and two rounds on Saturday, Menlo was announced as one of the finalists on Saturday evening. After a challenging final round against a team from Colorado, Menlo ultimately left victorious.

Now MMT is preparing the case of People vs. Bailey Matsumoto for the first trip of the main season to Sacramento.

The 2019 Providence Team after the awards ceremony on Saturday 10/19

2019 State Champions

Menlo left for the Constitutional Rights Foundation State Championship as Team San Mateo and returned as Team California.

Last weekend, Menlo had the pleasure of playing some of the best teams in the state in four preliminary rounds (including NorCal competitors Prospect and Venture Academy). Late Saturday night, Menlo was called as one of the finalists, along with Shasta High School, 3x championship round contender. After a grueling trial, Menlo ultimately left victorious.

This 2018-2019 team is the first in Menlo Mock Trial history to go undefeated at every scored round of competition through March (this includes the NorCal, County, and State tournaments).

In May, Menlo will represent California at the National Mock Trial Competition in Athens, Georgia. Team USA?

The 2018-2019 MMT full team sporting gold metals at the CA State Championship Awards Ceremony 🙂