Ethan Yan wins 2019 Chris Lagod MVP Award

Every year, the team and coaches vote on an MVP. The award is named in honor of Chris Lagod, the founder of the program. Former recipients include Andy Parker (2015), Annie Kim (2016), Colton Conley (2017), and Tiffany Tam (2018). This year’s winner is Ethan Yan.

Ethan Yan made his mock trial debut Freshman year as a varsity pretrial attorney for the prosecution. For both the 2018 and 2019 season, he was Menlo’s starting varsity pretrial attorney for the People. Despite only being a junior, Ethan Yan already has five awards in his name. At the Norcal competition over the past three years, he has received two 3rd place pretrialing awards (2017 and 2018) and one Honorable Mention for pretrialing (2019). At the County level, Ethan received an Honorable Mention for his pretrial performance in 2018, and in 2019, Ethan received a plaque for best pre-trial attorney in the County! At the 2019 Norcal competition in which MMT got 1st place, Ethan’s (along with varsity Defense pretrialer Ashli Jain’s) point contribution from their pretrial performance made the difference between winning and losing the Championship round.

In addition to his fantastic pretrialing skills and exquisite mastery of all pertinent Supreme Court cases from the past three CRF case packets,  Ethan also dipped his feet into the trial attorney side of mock trial at the 2019 National Competition in Athens, Georgia. Ethan middled on both sides, directing and crossing both experts.

MMT would like to offer a huge congratulations to our 2019 MVP, Ethan Yan, and cannot wait to see what is in store for him next season!

2019 National Championship Results

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?