mock trial regionals went down today!! thoughts:
- the mock trial club at our school is divided into two teams for actual competition; last year, one of our school's teams placed like fifth in the state
- neither of our teams made the state competition this year (i.e., top three teams at regionals) but the general consensus was that the team i was on, at least, was really really really close
- everyone was sad because we have one senior on our team & he's absolutely wonderful & we wanted him to get to go to state for his last year
- but other than that, our coaches were all hella proud of how far we've come (especially considering how many newbies - incl. myself - we have this year) & our judges gave us overwhelmingly positive comments like "you're on par w/ any team that would be competing at state"
- can't wait to see judges' feedback next week
- we were prosecution & i had to do the opening statement, which was nerve-wracking af b/c i had only actually gone through pre-trial matters once before & i'm not sure that i displayed enough confidence when speaking to the presiding judge
- coaches all said i did great though, which is reassuring
- then i did my opening, which was kind of ~a blur~ & also not as well-memorized as it should've been
- but everyone keeps telling me my opening was flawless?????? i'm sure this is just my team being wonderful but either way :)))
- in mock trial, we do this thing in every round where each team picks an mvp from the other team & presents them with an award, & round 1 mvp was the girl who portrayed the victim (she's a really close friend of mine who is an absolutely oUTSTANDING witness)
- the two teams from our school were randomly pitted against each other which was v. underwhelming
- how did the matchups even work tbh??? was it power matching? power protecting? WHO EVEN KNOWS
- anyway we were defense & i portrayed the expert witness, a doctor who is spectacularly useless in terms of giving actual substantive testimony
- but my direct examiner was the same friend who took round 1 mvp & we've been friends since sixth grade so my direct testimony flowed beautifully, we established this gorgeous conversational back-and-forth
- closing arguments were hilarious like "the prosecution expert told you that there is a 5% chance that ALIENS could've put my client's fingerprints on the bottle"
- re: aliens: it's a long story & one that i will never forget i was legit dying on the bench listening to this closing omfg
- i was randomly awarded mvp & i just??? why??????????
- defense again, direct was fab as usual
- i screwed up on cross, i think i conceded too many points
- our team's closing arguments were literal FIRE like holy shit our closer is amazing but he was mostly addressing opposing counsel instead of the jury like. please no why
- almost all of our attorneys' objections went through though!
- & that same friend who took round 1 mvp also took round 3 mvp b/c she is an adorable talented cinnamon roll who deserves it through & through
- i'm seriously so glad i joined this team this year. like speech & debate will probably always be my first love clubs-wise but i love the genuinely team-oriented atmosphere & variety / flexibility of roles in mock trial
- i'm SO EXCITED for next year b/c i know all of us newbies will be better & our veterans will be even better than that & we're going to do some kickass trial work