Mock Trial finishes in top 20 at California State Championships 2007
Congratulations to the Louisville High School Mock Trial team on an overwhelmingly successful season. Not only did the team win the Los Angeles County Mock Trial Championship against more than 70 teams, but now the team has placed in the top twenty teams out of over 400 teams in the entire state!
Thanks to our key witnesses and attorneys for an outstanding season. You all represented Louisville High School with professionalism and dignity throughout the entire year. Well done!
Royal View magazine article
Louisville High School Wins 30th Annual Los Angeles County Mock Trial Senior Division Championship !
On Thursday, November 29th, 2007, Louisville High School’s Mock Trial team won its eighth Los Angeles County Mock Trial Championship. It’s the second time in four years the Woodland Hills all-girls team has won the title and moved on to California State competition. The case this year involves a Hollywood producer, Jes Markson, who was murdered -- shot in the back in Jes’ Hollywood Hills mansion.
From a field of seventy talented teams, Louisville High School reached the top ten as the only Catholic high school, and the only all-girls team, left in the Senior-level competition.
Meeting Gabrielino High School in the final round presented an exciting re-match for Louisville, having previously faced this team for the County Championship in 2004. After Veronica Vos’ opening statement set the stage, the Louisville prosecution team felt very positive during the competition because they knew that they had lived up to their potential. “Our attorneys made good objections to keep the other team’s evidence out,” said Mr. Telesca. The turning point came when the witnesses for the defense were being evasive, trying to spin the evidence to support their side. “However,” states Mr. Telesca, “our attorneys successfully controlled their witnesses during cross-examination.”
Nellie Prestine-Lowery’s closing argument was particularly exciting. Her teammates describe her performance as “very strong and convincing – definitely believable. She was dead-on.” Prestine-Lowery reflects, “The pressure was definitely on since it was the final chance to sell the judge on our case. I was nervous, but as soon as I stood up I felt calm and confident.” Observing the moment was Louisville’s Principal Kathleen Vercillo. “Our team members are flexible and open to change. They are able to pick up nuances and think on their feet.”
What is it that makes this close-knit, all-senior team so successful? When asked, they all agreed that they bring diverse skills to the table with open minds. Elizabeth Romero describes, “We all fit our roles very well; the casting is done according to personality. We are also not afraid to ask for criticism and corrections from each other during our intense preparation.” This all-girls team does, in fact, feel that they have a responsibility to prove what young women can achieve. “Some teams are surprised that an all-girls team can be so assertive,” they observed. “We may not be the loudest team, but we have the most heart!” proclaimed Emma Telesca (9) as she cheered on the Royals. Their poised and articulate presentation gave them an edge as well. Louisville’s President Sr. Myra McPartland observes, “Being present in that court room last night and seeing our young women demonstrate their knowledge of the law gave me great hope for the future of our Justice System.”
In his many years of leading the Louisville High School Mock Trial team, Mr. Telesca describes the moment as, “…really wonderful to hear your school’s name called for first place. There’s no other feeling like it in the world. You invest so much time preparing for this, and you want it to turn out a certain way.” Always a true educator at heart, Mr. Telesca reminds us that it is, in the end, a high school competition. “It is all about what you learn about our legal system, win or lose.”
Louisville faces gabrielino in Los angeles county finals!
Louisville’s prosecution team will take on Gabrielino High School (B) in the finals on Thursday November 29th. These two teams meet after 68 other schools were eliminated during L.A. County competition. Mr. Telesca’s team is ready for the challenge. “We’ve seen this team before when we defeated them for the Los Angeles County championship in 2004.” No doubt our
Mock Trial team will keep working hard right up until the end.
Louisville defeats Valencia's prosecution in semi finals
Louisville High School’s Mock Trial defense team defeated Valencia High School’s prosecution in
the Los Angeles County semi-final round of competition at the L.A. County Courthouse. Tuesday’s competition was an impressive round pitting two excellent teams against each other
and pushing them to their limits. Louisville scored an almost perfect 288 out of 300 possible points for the victory.
Leading the Mock Trial team, Mr. Michael Telesca was pleased with how well his attorneys listened and, because of that, how well they made objections. “I was particularly impressed because we were able to keep out the prosecution’s case with our aggressive objections.”
Louisville Mock Trial Advances to Semi Finals Tuesday
Louisville's Mock Trial team has moved on to the SEMI FINALS this Tuesday, November 27th at the Los Angeles County Court House. Good luck Royals!!!
Wilson (Glen A)
The case this year involves a Hollywood producer, Jes Markson, who was murdered---shot in the back in her Hollywood Hills mansion.
Read the CASE BRIEF online...
Louisville Mock Trial advances to Quarter Finals Tuesday November 20th!
Congratulations to Louisville High School’s Mock Trial team as they advance from a field of 70 teams to the Los Angeles County QUARTER FINALS this Tuesday, November 20th. The schools competing in the quarter finals are:
Wilson (Glen A)
Mock Trial team championships:
State Champions: '93
Los Angeles County Champions: '79, '80, '92, '94, '98, '00, '04, '07