El Dorado Mock Trial earns 2nd place following Orange County Championship

El Dorado High School faced the Orange County School of the Arts in the Orange County Mock Trial championships on January 30 and February 1, 2023. The event took place at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

Of 3,898 points awarded during the two-trial final round, where each school competed once on their prosecution side and once on their defense side, the outcome came down to just five points, with OCSA prevailing as the county champions.

This was El Dorado’s second time in four years advancing to the finals, having earned the title of champion in 2019. This also marked their thirteenth appearance in the championship round, the most of any school in the 40-year history of the program. Both of El Dorado’s teacher coaches, Sunshine Cavalluzzi and Dana Humphrey, are alumni of the EDHS Mock Trial program. 

This year’s case featured battery and robbery charges stemming from an altercation between rival actors and the alleged theft of an alleged Shakespearean heirloom ring aboard a cruise ship.

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 a trial strategy and enact every role in the trial proceedings, as members of either the prosecution or defense.

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