A Mock Trial team was officially formed in 2019 at Sage Ridge. In Mock Trial, students role play a trial, acting as various legal professionals and witnesses to learn about the legal process and what a trial may actually look like.
In its first year, nine freshmen and sophomores filled the roles of both attorneys and witnesses. For their first year, these students did especially well. With a win under their belt and an offer to go to the state competition, the team had a fantastic season. Though they were unable to go this year, we are sure that they will be making an appearance at the state competition in the future.
Led by new coach, Srikant Reganti, a Sage Ridge parent, these students worked very hard to learn the basics of trial law during the course of the 2019-2020 school year. For any student who wants to learn about the law or even just about public speaking, Mock Trial is a great opportunity. Both witnesses and attorneys use acting skills and critical thinking to beat opponents in real courtrooms.
Team Member's Reflections
Lily Ferrell filled the roles of team coordinator, lead prosecution attorney, and defense attorney this year. Only a freshman, she was a key part of the team this year, and she received the “Best Counsel” award. Lily said that she enjoyed Mock Trial this year because "Mock Trial is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people."
Lilli De Jonghe was the captain of the witnesses, a prosecution witness, and a defense witness this year. These were very important roles to play for the team, and she did a fantastic job. As a Sage Ridge thespian, Lilli saw this as an opportunity to put her acting skills to use as she learned more about the legal process. Lilli received one of the few “Best Witness” awards given to Northern Nevada competitors this year. When asked about why she liked Mock Trial this year, Lilli said, "Mock Trial was a really exciting new experience. It was really fun to use acting in a new way."
Ngoc Tran ('22) reflects on the fun memories and valuable experience provided by Mock Trial: "Mock Trial helped me learn to think on my feet and gain the ability to speak to juries and judges. I have learned courtroom manners as well as gained respect for lawyers and attorneys. I’m also sure I’m now 75% pizza."