MMT Breaks for the Holidays

With the fall portion of our 2017-2018 season coming to a close, MMT will next be in action at the 8th Annual NorCal Invitational, held January 6th/7th at Menlo School. Menlo’s Varsity Team goes in with the #1 overall seed, and Menlo’s JV Team goes in with the #9 overall seed. The two teams finished 2nd and 11th last year, respectively. Menlo is one of only three programs to have won the tournament, and is tied with Tamalpais for most titles at 3.

This fall, MMT saw tremendous initial success to kickoff its season. The Varsity squad took two teams to Colorado, where both teams finished with an undefeated trial record and its best individual honors ever received (led by first-time competitor and freshman Libby Eggemeier). The Varsity team came back to join the JV team in preparation for the California CRF Case. At the start of December, the JV team had a strong showing at the Silicon Valley Friendly Tournament against many of the top schools in the state; the Varsity team traveled to Sacramento for a series of friendly scrimmages against the state’s best.

After these fall tournaments, three MMT students moved up in the record books for the number of cases representing Menlo: Tiffany Tam, Makayla Conley, and Ben Shaw. Tiffany is now tied with Allie Miller ’15 (Yale) for 3rd overall at 8 cases representing Menlo. Makayla and Ben are in a 5-way tie for 5th overall at 7 cases (joining Kate Park ’14 (Stanford), Annie Kim ’16 (Harvard), and Jacob Julian-Kwong ’17 (Penn).

At the collegiate level, MMT alums continued to excel. With 5 active alums competing at the collegiate level — 3 at Yale, 1 at Stanford, and 1 at Penn — three of them racked up individual honors at fall tournaments: JB Horsley (’15) won a witness award (17/20 ranks) at the Cal Invitational; Allie Miller (’15) won an attorney award (18/20 ranks) at Mumbo Jumbo; Andy Parker won individual attorney honors twice this fall, once at CUBAIT (18/20 ranks), and once at Mumbo Jumbo (a perfect 20/20 ranks).

Next up for MMT: NorCal! And good luck to the team on finals!

NorCal 2018 Volunteers Needed

Menlo Mock Trial is seeking volunteers to help preside/score at the prestigious NorCal Mock Trial Invitational, held annually at Menlo School. The 2018 event takes place January 6th and 7th.

The 8th Annual NorCal Tournament features 16 of the top high school teams from around California, and features over 120 trials in under 36 hours. We cannot host the NorCal Tournament without people donating their time and energy to help the students. If you are able to help, whether its for many trials or just one, your time is hugely appreciated. 

You can register as a presider/scorer here: www.menlomocktrial.org/Volunteer — no experience is necessary, as all volunteers go through a brief training the day of the competition. 

If you have questions, you please contact Menlo’s Head Coach, Thom Scher, at thom.scher@gmail.com.

Providence 2017-2018 Results

Menlo Mock Trial just returned from Denver, where MMT fielded two teams and both came home undefeated. This was Menlo’s first time sending two teams to the Providence Tournament, and the results indicate a great upcoming season for MMT.

Menlo’s A squad opened the tournament with a 2-0 ballot sweep over the C team from Middle Georgia Christian Homeschool Academy, a former Georgia State Champion. The team then turned to face Owasso, last year’s 2nd place Oklahoma Team and a friend of our program, where they eked out a close 2-0 ballot sweep. The team then had to play Florida powerhouse American Heritage’s A-Team, sweeping them 2-0; this was the 7th time we’ve played American Heritage at Providence (3 of them in Championship Trials). Menlo then split ballots (winning on point differential) with Nevada’s Faith Lutheran’s A-Team, a team coming off of a Top 10 finish at Nationals last year. Menlo A was recognized as the 3rd place team, and won the Professionalism Award, given to the team who earned the most points in the Professionalism Category.

Menlo’s B squad opened the tournament with a 2-0 ballot sweep over Bishop Guertin of New Hampshire (the state’s 3rd place team last year, and a former state champion). Next up, Menlo swept Lakewood-A, a former Providence Finalist and former CO State Champion. Next up, Menlo swept MGCHSA’s B-Team. And finally, Menlo split ballots and won on point differential over MGCHSA’s A-Team. Menlo B was recognized as the 4th place team; Libby Eggemeier (c/o 2021) received a 3rd place witness honor and Mara Lebovitz (c/o 2020) received a witness Honorable Mention.

Unfortunately Providence used a pure ballot system this year, with a tiebreaker of 4-round total point differential not head-to-head results. Because of this tabbing oddity, Menlo finished as the two sole undefeated teams at the tournament, with head-to-head wins over the eventual two finalists, but placed 3rd/4th. Georgia-A (2nd) and Faith Lutheran-A (1st) were extraordinary competitors and we’re honored to have gotten to face them in the semi-final round.

Libby was the first Freshman from Menlo to ever be invited to compete at the tournament, and she replaces Andy Parker (former World Champion) as the youngest to ever win an award at the tournament; he did it as a Junior. If not for Libby, Mara would hold the honor as the first MMT Sophomore to ever win an award at the tournament. Mara and Libby join Andy Parker (former Individual World Champion) and Mackenzie Bressie (former National Best Witness) as the only 4 to ever win awards at Providence for MMT.

Menlo’s 8-0 record at Providence extends its streak at the tournament to 23 rounds straight, dating back to the 2013 Finals when it lost to American Heritage. Seniors Ben Shaw, Tiffany Tam, and Makayla Conley finish 3 years of undefeated performances at the tournament as they now turn to lead MMT into the California season. MMT’s Varsity Squad next begins work on the California case, where they’ll travel for scrimmages throughout the fall and gear up for the next scored competition: The 8th Annual NorCal Mock Trial Invitational.

 

Tryout Results

After the most competitive tryout in Menlo Mock Trial history, we’re proud to announce that the 2017-2018 Preliminary Roster has been released. While we unfortunately cannot take all 72 people who tried out this year, we want to extend our huge congratulations to the 47 rostered members of the Junior Varsity, Varsity, and Pre-Trial Squads.

With a strong returning core, and a wealth of new talent, MMT is excited for the upcoming season.

MMT will next be in action when it takes two squads — Providence A and Providence B — to Denver in October for the Providence Tournament. While Menlo has won 5 of the last 6 (3 in a row, and 15 straight trials), this will be our first time bringing a second squad.

Tryout Details Released

8/31/17: TRYOUT PACKET RELEASED

You can download the complete tryout packet HERE. The packet includes details on MMT, available roles, schedule, required forms, tryout criteria, tryout process, and tryout material.

Please signup ASAP for a tryout slot, which you can do HERE: menlomocktrial.org/tryoutslots

Before the tryout, please email a copy of your tryout form and conflict sheet (in the packet) to our Head Coach, Thom Scher, at thom.scher@gmail.com. Worst case, bring a copy of the documents to the tryout. Any students who fail to complete these documents will not receive a role on Menlo Mock Trial.

Visit menlomocktrial.org/tryouts for more information.

CLARIFICATION: For Part III Argument/Monologue, you get to choose and prepare a 60 second argument (any topic) or a monologue (any source) of your choice.

Providence Team “A” Announced

Annually, Menlo creates a team of the 7-9 top returning students to represent Menlo at the annual Providence Tournament, held in October at the Denver Courthouse. The team announced attempts to jumpstart their year by training on a challenging new case, and by living up to the legacy of Menlo at Providence: of the 6 years attending, MMT has 5 Championship Titles and has made the Championship Trial every single year.

The 2017-2018 team will be:

  • Makayla Conley (c/o 2018): third year at Providence
  • Ben Shaw (c/o 2018): third year at Providence (NorCal Award Winner)
  • Tiffany Tam (c/o 2018): third year at Providence (NorCal/Gladiator Award Winner)
  • Natalia Cordon (c/o 2018): first year at Providence (NorCal/County/State Award Winner)
  • Sanjana Karamcheti (c/o 2018): first year at Providence
  • Toni Rende (c/o 2018): first year at Providence (NorCal Award Winner)
  • Rishi Varma (c/o 2018): first year at Providence (NorCal Award Winner / State Honoree)
  • Ashli Jain (c/o 2019): first year at Providence (NorCal/County Award Winner)
  • Melody Zhou (c/o 2019): first year at Providence (NorCal Award Winner)

Menlo, for the first time in team history, plans to take two teams to Providence. The second Providence team will be announced following tryouts in September; the members of the Providence “B” will be the second half of MMT’s CRF Varsity Squad.

MMT Gladiator Results

MMT went down south to compete at the 3rd Annual Gladiator Tournament, the Individual World Championships for Mock Trial. Menlo continued its trend of being one of the best represented at the tournament; while MMT received multiple qualifiers, the final team that went to the tournament included Colton Conley (c/o 2017), Jacob Julian-Kwong (c/o 2017), Tiffany Tam (c/o 2018) and then Sam Rosenberg as a field understudy/alternate (c/o 2019).

This was Colton’s third time at the tournament, tying for most appearances all-time by an individual competitor. He went in with hopes of defending Andy Parker’s World Champion title from 2016. It was Jacob and Tiffany’s first time attending.

Gladiator, as always, had a brutally competitive field. 48 students came from across the USA (and Canada), including prior and defending State/National/Providence/Empire champions. Over a third of the field had competed at Nationals; over a quarter had made an Empire Final. The awards and qualifications of the field were staggering. The tournament prep is only 3 weeks, and over the course of those three weeks, Menlo was honored to have 50+ alumni/coaches/parents come in to help the team prepare. 

All three MMT competitors finished with honorable mention status, continuing Menlo’s track record of every single competitor in MMT history finishing with a winning record at the tournament. Colton finished with a 10.33, Jacob with a 10.66, and Tiffany with a whopping 12.33 (the highest score of any MMT competitor at Gladiator other than eventual champion Andy Parker). Tiffany also had the highest strength of schedule of any competitor in Gladiator history.

Colton opened the tournament with a disappointing loss to a competitor from Rockhurst, Missouri, but came back from early losses to deliver two strong rounds (including a blowout over an Arizona competitor in the 3rd round) and finish with an Honorable Mention. Jacob was in the top-ranked match in the 4th round (in Division 1), and was in contention for the semi-final. Tiffany Tam was one of the highest ranked competitors throughout the weekend – amassing a shocking 6.33/7 blowout in the 2nd round, winning Rounds 1 and 2 handily, and then facing eventual champion Audrey Shepard in the 4th round. Tiffany’s sole loss was to the eventual champion.

While Colton and Jacob have just graduated, Tiffany will return to Menlo for her Senior season, and Sam will seek to take the training and apply it for the next two years.

MMT at the College Level

This past weekend Menlo had a strong presence at the American Mock Trial Collegiate National Championships.

For the first time in MMT history, there were three alumni competing at the National Championships: Allie Miller (c/o 2016), JB Horsley (c/o 2016), and Andy Parker (c/o 2017).

Allie Miller (Yale-B) and JB Horsley (Stanford) each helped their teams reach a Top 10 finish. Andy Parker – who holds the record for most awards ever received as a Menlo competitor, and who won the Gladiator Individual World Championships in his senior year at Menlo – brought Yale to the National Championship Trial, and is now an All-American Attorney. He is the first All-American at the collegiate level to have come from Menlo, and he achieved this special honor as a freshman.

Separately, MMT Head Coach Thom Scher – who became Head Coach for Stanford’s Program this year – led the Stanford team to only its second Top 10 finish ever.

State Results: Menlo in 5th!

At the CRF CA State Championships, held in Riverside, Menlo finished in 5th place overall. With a Round 1 victory over Gregori, a close loss to Clovis North Round 2, and then wins over Tamalpais and Elk Grove in Rounds 3 and 4, Menlo School received podium recognition for the 6th year in a row. Menlo is currently the sole team in CA to have more than 3 years in a row with the recognition.

Individually, Natalia Cordon capped an amazing season with a state witness award. Natalia was recognized with special honors at the NorCal, County and State levels; she will return next year as one of the top witnesses in the state. Rishi Varma, also returning next year, joined an elite group of individuals to have perfect scored the CA State Championship.

Next up: MMT decided not to attend the inaugural Golden State Tournament, and will be next seen in action when they send a 4-deep roster to Gladiator, the individual world championship tournament. Menlo’s Andy Parker won last year, and one of the 4 competing will seek to keep the trophy in Menlo’s possession.

County Finals: Onto State

Last night, Menlo Mock Trial successfully defended its county title to win the San Mateo County Mock Trial Competition and earn a bid to the CRF Mock Trial State Championships in March, held in Riverside.

The team won both of its trials over Crystal Springs, who had made the Final Round for the first time in school history. The two wins extends MMT’s county win-streak to 70 straight, dating back to 2011. This is Menlo’s 7th title in a row and 9th title overall (and 9th in the last 10 years).

Menlo will head to Riverside as the only team in CA to have finished ranked (Top 8) for 5 years in a row, and they will seek to return to the California Championship Trial for the 2nd straight year and 3rd in the last 4.