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NP3 Mock Trial Team Plans for 2022-23 Season

The team poses for a photo following their match on March 7.

By Jack Fedor
Co-Editor | The Pacific Times

NP3 High’s Mock Trial team will begin preparing for the 2022-23 season in August.

The team had its most successful season yet this year.

NP3 High’s Mock Trial team placed third in the Sacramento County competition that was held from Feb. 2 through March 2 on Zoom.

This was the first time that the team was able to reach the quarter-finals since 2020 and the first time they were able to reach the semi-finals since 2017.

Even though the team lost in the semi-finals to Sacramento Country Day School, they were able to qualify for the third place match. This was the team’s first in-person match since 2020.

The third place match took place in the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Sacramento on March 7.

The team will start to prepare for the 2022-23 season by holding auditions in mid-August and then will begin analyzing the case for the upcoming season in September.

Students on the mock trial team have a variety of roles including a pre-trial attorney who argues about the constitutionality of a possible violation of the Bill of Rights, but also a trial attorney, a witness, a clerk who tracks time and a courtroom bailiff.

Mock trial competes against schools in California at weekend competitions from September to January and in the Sacramento County competition in early spring.

Prior to playoffs each team competes in four trials at the Gordon B. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse.

Attorney coaches Angel Pineda and Shani Roark plan to coach again as well as Social Justice teacher Sasha Guzman.

In 2020 Roark’s team won the Sacramento County competition, but did not compete in the California State Competition because the competition was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The team at the awards ceremony being awarded with the 3rd place plaque.

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