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NMI competes at National High School Mock Trial Competition

(Press Release) — The CNMI mock trial team was represented by Marianas High School at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Athens, Georgia from May 16-18, 2019.

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The CNMI mock trial team poses with the Guam mock trial team the day before the competition. Students scrimmage against each other in the days leading up to the competition. Emma Timmons presents closing arguments against Michigan in the first round of the National High School Mock Trial Competition.
The CNMI team members pose for their official photo at the National High School Mock Trial Competition. Emma Timmons with her trophy for Outstanding Attorney.  Contributed photos

Over the course of two days, 46 teams competed in four rounds. These teams came from the various states, the CNMI, Guam, and South Korea.

The CNMI ranked 38 out of the 46 teams that competed. Emma Timmons received recognition as an outstanding student attorney, collecting fourth place in the coveted top 10 attorneys of the entire National High School Mock Trial Competition.

This year’s national mock trial problem was a civil case revolving around the burnt remains of the Georgia Theatre, a famous Athens music venue. Competitors were tasked with convincing a panel of scoring jurors who committed arson and burnt down the Georgia Theatre.

Team CNMI included: Emma Timmons, Kelvin Wolf, Shea Hartig, Cole Chambers, Vivien Liu, Marielle Sambilay, Jonathan Wolf, Steven An, and Jonah Pohl. Three other team members accompanied the team as alternates: Ainah Chargualaf, Jerrid Igisaiar, and Esther Huh. The faculty coach for the team is Donald Cohen, and the attorney coaches are Doug Hartig and Christopher Timmons. Participation in this competition was made possible through the support of the CNMI Public School System, CNMI Bar Association, CNMI judiciary, Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation, CNMI Historical Society, and various other government and private entities.

“The team worked extraordinarily hard, representing the CNMI very well as a first-time team from Marianas High School. We are all extremely proud of the students and thankful for their coaches,” stated Gretchen Smith, 2019 CNMI Mock Trial Coordinator.