This year, Oceana High School has added a new addition to learning. Mock Trial is a league of students who perform and debate court cases. The purpose of Mock Trial is to allow students to explore areas of law, argument and public speaking. Real life lawyers create the court cases and hand them out to schools within the San Mateo County. In the beginning of the program, all Mock Trial students are given a specific court case to study inside and out. The schools are separated in to two teams: prosecution and defense. Each school may represent both, but it depends on which side they are on for the competitions.
All the schools participate in “scrimmages,” which is a practice of the court case. After they practice the court cases during the scrimmages, students critique and help out each other to see what they can improve. Oceana also participates in competitions. Two upcoming competitions will happen on February of this year. Oceana will be competing against two schools on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014. The schools are Jefferson at 5:30 P.M and Terra Nova at 7:30 P.M. Oceana will also be versing Serra at 5:30 P.M and Mills at 7:30 P.M on the 11th.
Senior Tajin Hernandez, who plays a witness informs, “I’ve learned better speaking and oral presentation skills. I think it is fun because I get to play a character that’s not really me. Last Tuesday we had a competition at an actual court room with a real judge. It was nerve-racking, but it overall helps build more confidence.”
This program is a new style of learning for students. It gives them the opportunity to participate in a “real life” court case. It can be really beneficial and a good preparation for college, or for future references. Come out and support our Mock trial team by attending the competitions, and if you’re interested in participating, be on the look out for next year’s team.