LHS Mock Trial Teams Complete Third Season

November 21, 2014

After three competitions, the Mock Trial season is over for the 15 students who participated in the activity.  Mock Trial is an extra-curricular activity sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.  Each year Bar attorneys write a fictional case to be tried by teams from high schools around the state.  The high schools compete in 12 different regions, each with a coordinator who establishes the meet schedule.  Each team has teacher sponsors and attorney coaches.  Lexington’s sponsors are Melanie Chesley and Kevin McConnell, and its attorney-coaches are Garrett Goodwin and Kate Gatewood.

 Each team consists of three attorneys and three witnesses.  Teams must learn both sides of the case, for the prosecution and for the defense.  The 2014 case was State of Nebraska v. Gayle/Gail Gardener.  Lexington’s two teams competed against two teams from North Platte High School and Ogallala High School.  Ogallala’s two teams will square off against one another for the chance to compete at the State meet early in December. 

 Team A members were attorneys Camille Anderson, Adrian Gomez and Johnny Nguyen.  Witnesses, who had to learn two roles, one for the prosecution and one for the defense, were Karina Mendoza, Cheilly Arreola and Jose Perez.  Alternate was Luis Guardado.

 Team B members consisted of attorneys Jose Romero, Amy Suarez and Beverly Trevino.  Witnesses were Aisha Hussein, Gustavo Valencia and Mauricio Fregoso.  Alternates were Manuel Vasquez and Julio Santana.

 Several members of the Mock Trial teams had the opportunity to attend the NE Court of Appeals at the University of Nebraska-Kearney campus on November 12.  The Court heard four cases, two civil and two criminal cases.  Lexington High School students were able to stay afterwards for a question and answer session with the three women sitting on the bench.  It was the first time the NE Court of Appeals had an all-women bench.  The other three Nebraska appellate judges are men.