MHS defends mock trial trophy

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The Marianas High School mock trial team poses for a photo following their win last Friday at the NMI District Court. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

The Marianas High School mock trial team successfully defended its title by bringing home the trophy at the 22nd Annual High School mock trial competition last week and in the process becoming back-to-back champions.

The MHS mock trial team bested five other high schools and won their second mock trial competition, earning them another opportunity to represent their school and the entire CNMI at the upcoming statewide National Mock Trial competition in Indiana.

The Tinian Jr./Sr. High School won second place last Friday.

MHS topped Grace Christian Academy, Saipan International School, Mount Carmel School, and Kagman High School on its way to the top of the podium.

The MHS mock trial team will travel to Evansville, Indiana in May to participate in their second statewide national mock trial competition.

The mock trial’s focus this year was the fictitious case of Gabriel Johnson Torres v. the Department of Public Safety. The problem focuses on an excessive force claim by a police officer against a minor. The fact pattern presents an officer entering a classroom and requesting the minor to hand over his backpack. In doing so, the officer pepper sprays the minor and subsequently brings the minor to the principal’s office. Prior to this, the officer received a report from another student that he had seen the minor with a gun.

MHS played the role of defense during the championship round, while Tinian High School played the role of prosecutor.

The best prosecution attorney award was given to Tinian High’s Tasi Long.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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