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MCS ‘3-peats’ as mock-trial champion

MOUNT Carmel School bested seven other schools in the 20th CNMI Mock Trial championship held on Thursday and Friday at the judicial building. It was the third straight year that the MCS Knights had topped the annual competition. In the seven mock trials from 2012 to 2018, they finished first five times.

“We were just happy that they made it to the final round,” said Galvin Deleon Guerrero, MCS president and teacher-coach.

Mount Carmel School president and coach Galvin Deleon Guerrero reacts following the announcement that MCS is this year’s mock-trial champion.  Photo by Bryan ManabatMount Carmel School president and coach Galvin Deleon Guerrero reacts following the announcement that MCS is this year’s mock-trial champion. Photo by Bryan Manabat

“Among the [MCS] participants, four…are first-time competitors. Now that they are champions, I am super, super proud of them. It is a testament to the quality of our students and how hard they work.”

The MCS team this year is comprised of Kyle Bautista, Gray Camacho, Daniele Colombo, Kimvherly Dela Cruz, Xavier Gatmaitan, Maverick Irang, Angelo Manase, Jeff Matthew Melchor, Matt Jason Moran, Justin Ocampo, Reica Ramirez and Theresa Zheng. Their attorney-coach is Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe.

School president Deleon Guerrero thanked the entire MCS family, their attorney-coach, and the students’ parents for their support.

Tinian Junior & Senior High School was this year’s runner-up.

Kimberly King-Hinds, the school’s attorney-coach, said her team prepared and worked hard for the competition. “They are amazing, and I am very proud of them,” she added.

But she also noted the difficulty of coach-attorney access for Rota and Tinian students, and the challenges of one-on-one practice time needed by students with their coach-attorney. She said TJSHS will come back next year better prepared.

The last time Tinian won was in 2007. Tinian also won in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Marianas High School placed third this year.

The other winners:

• Best Prosecution Witness — Kevin Wolf of Marianas High School. Honorable mention: Aliah Santos of Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr & Sr. High School.

• Best Defense Witness — Theresa Zheng of MCS. Honorable mentions: Anna Nunez of Grace Christian Academy and Jonah Pohl of MHS.

• Best Prosecution Attorney — Shea Hartig of Saipan International School. Honorable mention: Emma Timmons of MHS.

• Best Defense Attorney — Shea Hartig of SIS. Honorable mention: Justin Ocampo of MCS.

• Supreme Court Professionalism Award — Grace Christian Academy.

The students argued the fictitious case United States v. Lou Perez, involving a military veteran charged with assaulting a federal officer.

The final round judges were Commonwealth Utilities Corporation legal counsel James Sirok, attorney Janet King, the governor’s legal counsel Gil Birnbrich, Settlement Fund counsel Nicole Torres-Ripple and Ben Hale of the Public Defender’s Office.

The CNMI mock trial program is sponsored by the CNMI judiciary, the Public School System, and the CNMI Bar Association.

MCS, the winning team, will represent the CNMI at the national competition in Reno Nevada.