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Student attorneys recognized at Junior High Mock Trial

(Press Release) — The Northern Marianas Humanities Council hosted the 13th CNMI Junior High Mock Trial last month. Ten schools with over 80 student attorneys presented their side on the fictitious cyberstalking case in Commonwealth v. Kelsey Reed.

Participating schools included Admiral Herbert G. Hopwood Middle School, Chacha Ocean View Middle School, Dandan Middle School, Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja, Francisco M. Sablan Middle School, Grace Christian Academy, Mount Carmel School, Saipan Community School, and Tinian Junior Senior High School.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro Castro and Associate Justice John Manglona along with Superior Court Associate Judges Teresa Kim-Tenorio and Joseph Camacho, and law clerk Benjamin Byers presided over rounds.

The junior high mock trial is a signature program of the council and, although it is non-competitive, students representing each side of the case are recognized for their exemplary performance in each round.

For the first round in Chief Justice Alexandro Castro’s courtroom, Admiral Herbert G. Hopwood Middle School’s Jigger Parayaon received special recognition for his role as prosecutor and Vivian Lui for her role as prosecution witness. For the opposing side, Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja’s Jeremy John Atalig II received special recognition as defense attorney and Michael John Cantil as witness for the defense.

In Justice John Manglona’s courtroom, Saipan Community School’s Mateo Guerrero received special recognition for his role as prosecutor and Cloie Seo as prosecution witness. For the opposing side, Grace Christian Academy’s Sebastian Camacho received special recognition for his role as defense attorney and Heather Pangilinan and Miriella Dilse as witnesses for the defense.

In Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio’s courtroom, Dandan Middle School’s Juliet Inocencio received special recognition for her role as prosecutor and Allan Arcega for his role as prosecution witness. For the opposing side, Mount Carmel School’s William Ano received special recognition for his role as defense attorney and Brissa Hunter as witness for the defense.

In Judge Joseph Camacho’s courtroom, Grace Christian Academy’s Claire Marzan, Jonathan Lee and Christy Lee were given special recognition for their roles as prosecutors; and Steven Andriatico, Joyce Francisco and Matthew Ernest as witnesses for the prosecution. Representing the defense, Francisco M. Sablan Middle School’s Jerine Blazo, Elaine Fernandez and Aldene Alvarez were given special recognition for their roles as attorneys; and Elisha Posadas, Devahn Dogelio and Nobert Pangelinan Jr. as witnesses.

In Benjamin Byers’ courtroom, Chacha Ocean View Middle School’s Angelica Mario received special recognition for her role as prosecutor and Joedy Pinaula as prosecution witness. For the opposing side, Saipan Community School’s Moon Zeng was given special recognition as defense attorney and One An as defense witness.

For the second round in Judge Kim-Tenorio’s courtroom, Tinian Junior Senior High School’s Anisha Viches received special recognition for her role as prosecutor and Clarence Rodriguez as prosecution witness. Representing the defense, Grace Christian Academy’s Maria Bonto received special recognition for her role as attorney and Heather Pangilinan as witness.

For the second round in Judge Camacho’s courtroom, Chacha Ocean View Middle School’s Jady Blas, Richard Lacson and Angelica Mario received special recognition for their roles as prosecutors; and Jude Litulumar, Joedy Pinaula and Armani Adkins as prosecution witnesses. For the opposing side, Admiral Herbert G. Hopwood Middle School’s Alex Amaro, Gabriel Arkoh and Ryan Kang were given special recognition for their roles as defense attorneys; and Daphne Cruzat, Christine Becaril and Jerwan Joyner as defense witnesses.

The council extends its great appreciation to the CNMI Judiciary and House of Justice team, teacher coaches, attorney coaches and volunteers who helped to make this year’s event a success.