BSM Hosts Second Annual Mock Trial Invitational
This past Tuesday, December 10, Benilde-St. Margaret's had the honor of hosting the second annual Mock Trial Red Knight Invitational. This specific invitational consisted of twelve different teams, from six schools around the metro area: BSM, Eagle Ridge, Cretin-Derham, Chesterton, Buffalo, and Holy Family. All participants partaking in this invitational were in grades 7-12.
"It was a huge success. We had only two schools last year but this year we had an overwhelming response and had to cap off the event at ten teams. With our two (BSM) teams, we had twelve total and were able to host six courtrooms," BSM’s Mock Trial Coach, Ms. Mary Murray said.
BSM Mock Trial had two teams competing: Junior Varsity and Varsity. With the event being six hours long, teams were able to present on both sides of the case: prosecution and defense. "All students were able to get valuable feedback after presenting on the case. The teams gained valuable experience and comments for improvements coming into the season competitions in January," Murray said.
There are many other schools that participate in scrimmages, but this specific scrimmage was earlier in the season, so it gave students the opportunity to practice more authentically in front of a judge panel. "We had judges this year from the local community including a few parents of current students, alumni, and judges from the area," Murray said. Real-world judges, the Honorable Judge Michelle Hatcher, the Honorable Judge Mark Kapplehoff, the Honorable Judge Susan Nelson, and the Honorable Judge Phil Carruthers contributed to the judging panel to provide feedback to students.
After placing in the top five at state two years in a row, BSM’s Mock Trial team is aiming for the top this season. "We have a lot of talent in the program again this year. We are very excited to see how the season progresses in hopes of a state title in the future," Murray said.
Congratulations to all teams on a successful invitational, and to the following Red Knight recipients of the Best Lawyer and Best Witness Awards: Teigan Blaine, Ernesto Ríos-Díaz, Breah Banks, Ronan Brew, Andrew Forby, Suzy Haakonson, Max Dailey, Parker Morgan, Quinn Elsenbast, Spencer Krelitz, and Ava Krueger. We wish our Mock Trial teams the best of luck this year!