This is the fifth year that Shattuck-St. Mary’s has fielded a Mock Trial Team. This year’s team members were Ricky Wang ’15, Yang Ding ’15, Ben Grieser ’15, Leo Le’16, Michelle Kim ’16, Cheyney Cornish ’16, Reid Haigler ’16, Sophia Osborne ’16, Gwyn Wilkens ’17, Lauren Dudley ’17, Jessie Ro ’17 and Selena Hong ’17. Only four team members, Ricky Wang, Michelle Kim, Sophia Osborne and Lauren Dudley were previous participants in Mock Trial, so the majority of the team were new recruits.
This year’s criminal case involved the murder of a woman who found out that her employer was allegedly putting horse meat in the hamburgers at the diner where she worked. The students prepared for a trial in the same way that real attorneys do, crafting opening and closing statements and preparing direct and cross-examinations. Once the trial phase began the SSM team traveled to Owatonna, Waseca and finally Faribault to hold trials in real courtrooms with real judges presiding. This is invaluable experience for students in researching and crafting arguments and practicing their presentation skills. The judges give real time feedback that helps students in the next trial.
The Shattuck-St. Mary’s Mock Trial team ended their season on January 27, 2015 with a trial vs. Owatonna. Though SSM Mock Trial members worked hard on their case and gave great presentations, they ended the season 0-3. Next year we hope that with experienced students returning and lots of hard work we will bring several wins back to SSM.