Tanque Verde High School's Mock Trial teams competed in the State Mock Trial tournament the first weekend of Spring Break. The Black Team, whose members are: Ainsley Malis, Bri Ede, Jenna Elliot, Emily Kimmins, Sarah Frey, Siera Ross, and Paul Morrison, represented our program with distinction.
There were 16 teams competing from all over the state. After four rounds, TVHS ended with a record of two wins and two losses - placing 10th overall in state. According to Mock Trial teacher, Mr. Jeremy Samoy, the kids had a great time performing in the Sandra Day O’Connor district courthouse in Phoenix. Some of the students in the competition were recognized by the judges for their outstanding performance, including TVHS students, Bri Ede and Siera Ross. Mr. Samoy stated, "I am very proud of the team and the program for making it to state two years in a row!"
The week preceding the competition also brought an opportunity for Mock Trial students to practice their oratory skills. Six of Mr. Samoy's Mock Trial students competed in the Optimist Club's Oratorical Contest the week before Spring Break. They were asked to write a speech answering the prompt “Where are my roots of optimism?” Mr. Samoy noted, "All the students wrote very personal reflective speeches about their lives and the judges were impressed by their poise and presentation."
There were boys and girls divisions in the Oratorical Contest. For the girls, Sara Minson placed 3rd, Kaitlyn Divijak placed 2nd, and Addison Goodman placed first. Daniel Slate placed 3rd, Harrison Berggren placed 2nd, and Dalton Felish placed 1st for the boys. Dalton and Addison represented TVHS at the zone competition on April 12th.