St. Thomas Aquinas High’s Mock Trial Team Places 8th at Nationals

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Guam –   The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Mock Trial Team placed 8th in the National High School Mock Trial Championship held in Albuquerque, New Mexico this past week.

In the competition, the champions from 46 states, Guam, the CNMI and Korea participated in mock trials over a two day event.  The top two teams then competed in a final round to determine the national champion.

This year St. Thomas played teams from Korea, Texas, Tennessee and Hawaii.  This is the fourth year in a row that St. Thomas has represented Guam in the national competition, and it was the school’s best showing so far. The competition is extremely tough.

The results of the competition can be viewed online at: http://www.nationalmocktrial.org/results2012.cfm.

At the conclusion of the competition, the top ten teams were recognized and presented with trophies.  During the award ceremonies outstanding attorney and witness awards were also presented. This year an outstanding attorney award was presented to only seven of the more than 200 student attorneys participating in the competition.  For the second year in a row, St. Thomas attorney Whitney Quinley received an Outstanding Attorney Award.

The St. Thomas team is composed of Whitney Quinley (Captain), Kyra Rocco, Crystal Mendoza, Ashantie Mitchell, Mike Yoon, Janielle Cuala,
Francine Reyes, and Daniel Liu.  The Team is coached by Leslie Travis, an attorney at Civille & Tang and a former competitor in the national
competition, and Melissa Mendoza.

 

Guam Mock Trial Team Places 8th at Nationals

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As a public service, Vice Speaker and Retired Chief Justice, Benjamin
J.F. Cruz, is assisting in getting the following release distributed:

(May 11, 2012 – Hagåtña)  A feather in the cap for Guam and Guam’s
Catholic schools was the recent performance of the the St. Thomas
Aquinas Catholic High School Mock Trial Team at the National High
School Mock Trial Championship held in Albuquerque, New Mexico this
past week.

St. Thomas finished 8th in the competition which pitted the champions
from 43 states, Guam, the CNMI and Korea participated in mock trials
over a two day event.  The top two teams then competed in a final
round to determine the national champion.

At the conclusion of the competition, the top ten teams were
recognized and presented with trophies.  During the award ceremonies
outstanding attorney and witness awards were also presented. This year
an outstanding attorney award was presented to only seven of the more
than 200 student attorneys participating in the competition.  For the
second year in a row, St. Thomas attorney Whitney Quinley received an
Outstanding Attorney Award.

The results of the competition can be viewed online at:
http://www.nationalmocktrial.org/results2012.cfm.

The St. Thomas team is composed of Whitney Quinley (Captain), Kyra
Rocco, Crystal Mendoza, Ashantie Mitchell, Mike Yoon, JanielleCuala,
Francine Reyes, and Daniel Liu.  The Team is coached by Leslie Travis,
an attorney at Civille & Tang and a former competitor in the national
competition, and Melissa Mendoza.

This is the fourth year in a row that St. Thomas has represented Guam
in the national competition, and it was the school’s best showing so
far.