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Mock trial trophy arrives at MHS

THE traveling mock trial trophy finally arrived at Marianas High School, home of the Dolphins, on Friday.

The MHS mock trial team on March 7-8 argued their way to the championship — it was the school’s first time to top the annual competition since it was first held in 1999.

“It is a huge win for our students — it showed their hard work,” MHS principal Cherlyn Cabrera said. “When I was a teacher, I also coached the mock trial team for a few years and so I know how much time and effort goes into preparing for the competition.”

She said some students have been with the mock trial program for three to four years.

MHS mock trial team captain Emma Timmons credited their success to the support of the team members’ family members, fellow students and the entire school.

“Whether they were competing or not, they participated with us during practice. They listened to us and answered our questions. They listened to us our speeches. We were able to get really good feedback from them.”

She added that getting ready for the mock trial became a family affair because the parents of some students helped them prepare.

Beside Don Cohen, MHS History teacher and Mock Trial Club advisor for 14 years, Timmons and team member Shea Hartig’s fathers were their lawyer coaches — Chris Timmons and Doug Hartig.

Chris Timmons is the Office of the Attorney General’s civil litigation chief while Doug Hartig is the chief public defender.

Marianas High School’s mock trial team members, coaches, teachers and school staff pose with traveling mock trial trophy which was brought to MHS on Friday morning. MHS is this year’s mock trial champion.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioMarianas High School’s mock trial team members, coaches, teachers and school staff pose with traveling mock trial trophy which was brought to MHS on Friday morning. MHS is this year’s mock trial champion. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Emma Timmons said her mother, Shelley Timmons, a physical therapist, helped them with medical terms while author Barbara Sher, who has acted in, produced and directed plays, was their witness coach.

For Shea Hartig, the 2018 AG’s Cup speech competition champion, the best thing about the mock trial was being able to work with the rest of the team. “You work with your friends every single day and support one another. We never felt like one individual was above another. We are all equal — equal in our conviction and our dedication and our desire to win.”

Kelvin Wolf, MHS mock trial team co-captain and an experienced competitor in local and national speech, debate and thespian events, said: “I have no intention of going into law, but every year I fall in love with the mock trial over and over again. Nothing matters to me more than the people I work with.”

Like Shea Hartig and Kelvin Wolf, Emma Timmons was a member of the CNMI team that participated in last year’s National Speech and Debate Association event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She said the road to the mock trial championship made their team stronger than ever. “We all support each other. We are all there through everybody’s highs and lows. We all see each other cry, pick up each other. That’s what created the strong bond that has allowed us to be here.”

Emma Timmons said she prepared for the mock trial even before the school-year started. “I was meeting with the coaches. I was figuring out who was going to be a part of the team. We started our meetings as soon as the school year started. It is really a very committed club.”

Shea Hartig described Emma Timmons as a hard-working team captain. “I was amazed by the hours that she put in talking to coaches, talking to coordinators, sending emails, printing out things for us, making sure that we all had our resources and, more importantly, she would deliver motivational speeches at every practice and coaching session just to push us to be our best.”

Their team is deeply grateful to MHS Mock Trial Club advisor Don Cohen, Emma Timmons said. “We have been able to do this because of the support of our coach, Mr. Cohen. For 14 years, he has been gunning for this trophy,” she said. “We are so proud and honored that we are able give it to him this year.”

In this year’s competition, Shea Hartig won the Best Plaintiff Attorney Award while Kelvin Wolf received the Best Prosecution Witness and Varsity of the Law awards. His brother MHS freshman Jonathan Wolf, another multi-awarded competitor in local and national speech, debate and thespian events, was named Best Defense Witness.