Stockdale High School claimed victory in a close showdown round to win the 2018 Kern County Mock Trial Super Saturday held Saturday at Kern County Superior Court.

Fifteen high school teams and one junior high team, argued the fictitious first-degree murder case of People v. Davidson.

Stockdale High will represent Kern County at the California Mock Trial in March.

Garces Memorial High finished second, followed by Centennial High, Liberty High and West High.

The competing schools reversed defense and prosecution roles each round and provided witnesses and courtroom officials in the fictitious case, which involved Casey Davidson, a resident of the town of Acorn, California. Davidson faced a felony count of first-degree murder for the death of Alex Thompson, another young resident of Acorn and member of Ultra Nats, an extremist nationalist group.

Kern County Mock Trial is funded with a grant from the Harry and Ethel West Foundation and is sponsored by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Kern County Bar Association, Kern County Superior Courts of California, Kern County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff's Reserves.

The top two students from each team who consistently performed the best throughout the course of the two-month competition were named to the Honor Court. They were:

BHS: Jacquelyn Jacobs and Ja’laysha Brown

Centennial: Anna Slater and Stevie McNabb

Delano: Charlin Pabalate and Pedro Rodriguez

East: Carina Lauricio and Guadalupe Avalos

Foothill: Kaelani Burja and Alondra Orozco Romero

Fruitvale Jr. High: Liberty Gonzalez and Eoghan (Owen) Kerry

Garces Memorial: Alfred Agbayani and Nick Oh

Golden Valley: Mely Morales and Thomas Keene

Highland: Vera Arenas and Alexa Coburn

Liberty: Annaliese Spielman and Seth Hewett

Ridgeview: Leslie Martinez and Gerson Cruz

Robert F. Kennedy: Araceli Meza and Lissete Valdez

Shafter: Marley Wobbe and Noah Camacho

South: Vonnesha Harris and Sandra Ruvalcaba

Stockdale: Arsh Mehta and Amal Shurbaji

West: Alyssa Macias and Zeriyn Araneta

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