La Reina High School Wins 2017 Ventura County Mock Trial
La Reina High School is the winner of the 2017 Ventura County Mock Trial. This is the sixth time in the past seven years that the Thousand Oaks-based private school has won the competition. The Mock Trial results were announced this evening at an awards ceremony at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Here is how the top eight teams placed:
- La Reina High School
- Westlake High School – Blue Team
- Newbury Park High School – Gold Team
- Westlake High School – Orange Team
- Santa Susana High School – Teal Team
- Oaks Christian High School – Gold Team
- Adolfo Camarillo High School – Instar Team
- Newbury Park High School – Panther Team
Thirty-four Ventura County teams participated in this year’s competition. La Reina will go on to the state mock trial contest to be held March 24-26 in Riverside. La Reina took first place in the state competition in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
About Ventura County Mock Trial
Ventura County Mock Trial gives local students a firsthand look at the criminal justice system by having them portray the principals in a cast of courtroom characters. The roles played by the students include attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs, court clerks and sketch artists. Student teams study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, receive guidance from volunteer attorneys in courtroom procedure and trial preparation, and present their case before volunteer judges. Close to 500 Ventura County students in grades nine through 12 participate. More than 150 local attorneys volunteer their time to score the competition.
The Ventura County Office of Education and the Ventura County Superior Court host the event with support from the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Additional information about Ventura County Mock Trial is available on the VCOE website.
About the Ventura County Office of Education
The Ventura County Office of Education provides a broad array of fiscal, training and technology support services to local school districts, helping to maintain and improve lifelong educational opportunities for children, educators and community members. VCOE also operates schools that serve students with severe disabilities and behavioral issues, provides career education courses, and coordinates countywide academic competitions including Mock Trial and the Ventura County Science Fair. Learn more at: www.vcoe.org.