Liberty High's mock trial team to represent Madera County at state

The Fresno BeeDecember 14, 2013 

Liberty High students win Madera County mock trial competition in December 2013.


Liberty High School will represent Madera County in a state mock trial competition in March after it beat out Madera and Yosemite High Schools in a three-day Madera County mock trial competition.

This was Liberty High's fourth year competing in the Honorable Edward P. Moffat Madera County Mock Trial, which took place Dec. 4,5 and 10. It was the second time the team went home with a win.

Mock trial is a simulation of a criminal court case. Team members act as attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and clerks. Each team is coached by attorneys and teachers and attorneys from throughout the Valley score the students.

The students on Liberty High's team are Makenna Avakian, Tyler Bird, Claire Copher, Alyssa Ghioldi, Michaela Hammond, Corey Jackson, Jesus Medrano, Carissa Miller, Vivian Montijo, Bethany Samarin, Michael Sassano, Jordan Serpa, Sarah Smart, Samantha Smith, Vianey Vasquez Guerrero and Gloria Zarate. Mac Blate coaches the team, along with assistant coaches Jaycob Rousey and Chelsea Ruland.

Madera County will also be sending a courtroom artist and courtroom journalist to the state competition. Shelby Boyd from Madera High School will represent Madera County as the courtroom artist, and Mia Summers from Yosemite High School will represent Madera County as the courtroom journalist.

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