Mock Trial Teams Begin Their Fourth Season

September 17, 2015

     Two Lexington High School teams will compete this season arguing a civil case involving drones, gnomes, and a deceased diabetic.   Mock Trial is an activity administered and supported by members of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.  This activity involves over 1000 students participating in 40 schools across the state, coached by over 400  volunteer lawyers.  A team of lawyers meets each summer to write a fictional case for the high school teams to argue. 

     Lexington High School students went through try-outs at the end of August to determine team members.  Each team is comprised of three attorneys and three witnesses.  Up to two alternate members are allowed per team. 

     Leading LHS’s first team are attorneys Adrian Gomez, Camille Anderson and Christopher Gomez.  Playing roles as their witnesses are Luis Guardado, Darlene Gomez and Hillary Carrillo.  Aisha Hussein is the alternate for the first team.

     The second team is led by attorneys Amy Suarez, Jessa Coover and Ubeth Sharif.  Witnesses are Karina Mendoza, Yajaira Ramirez and Elizabeth Jaramillo.  Team alternate is Rosy Galvan. 

     Adrian Gomez, Camille Anderson, Luis Guardado, Aisha Hussein, Amy Suarez and Karina Mendoza return for their second season with Mock Trial.

     Lexington competes in Region Two, a ten-county region.  The other teams regularly competing are North Platte High School and Ogallala High School.  North Platte has won the state competition three times while Ogallala has won six state titles.  In 2014 Nebraska was represented in the national finals of Mock Trial by Duchesne Academy of Omaha. Duechesne defeated Georgia’s top state team for the national title! 

     Melanie Chesley and Kevin McConnell are teacher sponsors.  Attorney-coaches are Garrett Goodwin, Kate Gatewood and Brian Copley.  The Mock Trial students greatly appreciate their volunteer attorney-coaches and the knowledge of law and ethics they share each season.  The competitive season begins around the end of October and continues through November.  The state finals are the second week in December.