The El Dorado High School (EDHS) Gold Mock Trial team defeated Pacific Coast High School in a doubleheader final round on Saturday, December 14 to be named the 2019-20 Orange County Champions. As a result, the team will advance to the California State Championships at the end of March.
According to Mock Trial coach Sunshine Cavalluzzi, this is the seventh championship for EDHS, who is now tied with Woodbridge High School as the Orange County school with the most championships in the history of the program.
Notably, four of the county’s top sixteen teams, three of the top eight, and two of the top four were from Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District high schools including El Dorado Gold, El Dorado Hawk, Valencia Gold, and Yorba Linda High School. PYLUSD was the only school district with this same distinction.
According to the Orange County Department of Education, Mock Trial is a civic education program that combines performance-based, law-related education with tournament-style, academic competition. High school students, working in teams under the guidance of volunteer attorney coaches and teachers, analyze the facts of a hypothetical criminal court case, prepare trial strategy and enact every role in the trial proceedings, as members of either the prosecution or defense.
Congratulations to the following Golden Hawks for being a part of the winning Mock Trial team: Carissa Lin, Vincent Demonte, Sam Kliss, Colby Bladow, Corinne Padar, Ben Meek, Tatum Cazin, Mandy Haynes, Daniel Aquino, Lia Mimun, Mandy Haynes, Alyssa Marasco, Ava Siniscalchi, Anita Mohajeri, Alan Pham, Ally Behrens, Jordyn Murray, Jaelen Neri, Kaylee Smith, Breanna Rohn, Michelle Trinh, Taylor Kim, Kaylee Moran, Emily Solheid, and Sierra Oudin. The team was led by teacher coaches Sunshine Cavalluzzi and Dana Humphrey, as well as attorney coaches Tony Cavalluzzi, Eric Reynolds, Robyn Bladow, Nina Kovacs, and Gerard Gully.