By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
For the third year in a row the Jackson High School Mock Trial team qualified for the state competition to be held March 17th through 21st.
The team won second place in the 11-team district tournament on Friday, February 26, 2021, earning this repeat trip to the state competition. The tournament was held via a series of Zoom virtual meetings.
Snohomish County Public Defenders Jon Scott and Jessica Fleming coach the Jackson High School team.
According to the Washington Courts website, “The Washington State YMCA Mock Trial Competition provides an opportunity for students to participate in a competitive high drama courtroom showdown between teams from around the state.
The mock trial allows students to participate in a true-to-life courtroom drama. High school teams of attorneys and witnesses prepare the case for trial and compete at district levels before real judges in actual courtrooms.
‘Juries’ of attorneys rate the teams for their presentation, while the presiding judges rule on the motions, objections, and ultimately the merits.
Participants develop critical thinking and analytical skills, learn the art of oral advocacy, and gain a respect for the role of law and the judiciary.”
Coach Scott reported, “Senior Arnav Sood was voted best witness, and senior and team president Akila Rajan was voted second best attorney at the district tournament.”
He went on to say, “The team consists of students Akila Rajan, Anika Ghosh, Arnav Sood, Ayana Javed, Dylan Kang, Esther Park, Kali Robson, Kirthika Sasikumar, Morgan Fu-Mueller, Olivia Kastler, Stephanie Lee, Tabitha Drewery, Thomas Chung, and Tshiring Sherpa.”
2021 Jackson High School Mock Trial Team. Photo courtesy of Jackson High School Mock Trial Team Instagram page.