Mock trial team holds tryouts, selects members

Indu Pandey

The mock trial team selected 16 members, 15 with roles and one substitute member.
Roles included witnesses, defendants, prosecutors and judges.
Leaders held tryouts for all interested upper school students Sept. 21.
“[The tryouts] were more successful than expected,” team co-captain Ravi Durairaj ’17 said. “We had a lot of people try out, and we had a really good roster at the end of tryouts. I think we’re going be really successful this year.”
Leaders assigned roles based on skills from the tryouts, such as ability to develop a good line of questioning, on-the-spot thinking and responses as a witness, Durairaj said.
“We have already achieved one of our goals: starting earlier,” faculty advisor and history teacher Dave Waterhouse said. “After that we are hoping to have a couple more scrimmages, so we can be reaching our peak when the county competition begins Nov. 2.”
The team will attend their first invitational tournament, the Beach Ball Tournament, in Irvine, Calif. from Oct. 29 to 30.
“I hope to make a team that really works together to make the most cohesive and intelligent arguments for both the Irvine tournament and the country tournament, both coming up in about a month,” team captain Kat Edmiston ’17 said. “And, of course, I hope that we win, but I’m really focusing on it being a great year for everyone.”