Mock Trial individual winners, pairings for Elite 8 Round named

King High School's Mock Trial team after Elite 8 awards ceremony

The King High School team huddles after Saturday’s Mock Trial competition and individual awards. King High will face Murrieta Valley High School next Saturday in the Elite Eight Round, with a chance to become the overall Mock Trail champion.

Individual winners and pairings for the Elite 8 Round of the 30th Annual Riverside County Mock Trial were announced Saturday, February 23, 2013, after four rounds of competition. (Photos from the awards ceremony) Mock Trial began February 6.

Mock Trial involves students arguing cases in front of real judges and scored by real attorneys. This year students will argue People vs. Vega. Vega is charged with felony hit-and-run stemming from an accident. The event is sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside County Bar Association, and Riverside Superior Court.

The Elite Eight Competition will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the Riverside Hall of Justice. The Semi-Finals will be held Saturday, March 2, starting at 9 a.m., followed by the Championship Round at 1 p.m. The Final Awards Ceremony is March 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the Riverside Historic Courthouse. The winning team will compete March 22-24 at the California State Mock Trial Competition to be held in Riverside. (See pairings for the Elite Eight Round and individual winners below).

Rachel Budd

Outstanding Prosecution Attorney Rachel Budd, Chaparral High School

Individual Award Recipients:

Outstanding Bailiff: Josh Lapuz, Santiago High School
Outstanding Clerk: Alec Steele, La Quinta High School
Outstanding Defense Pretrial Motion Attorney: Howard Berkowitz, Palm Desert High School
Outstanding Prosecution Pretrial Motion Attorney: Nicole Calderone, La Quinta High School
Outstanding Prosecution Witnesses:
Officer Kelly Wright: Adam Chebahtah, Woodcrest Christian High School
Toni DeLuca: Megan Owens, King High School
Quinn Liu: Jake Phillips, Marywood Palm Valley
Cameron Douglas: Ana Carrera, Citrus Hill High School

Outstanding Defense Witnesses:

Defendant Adrian Vega: Caroline Olson, Xavier College Preparatory
Dallas Decamp: Ariana Elizalde, Lakeside High School
Aubrey Fox: Kristen Lem, Temecula Valley High School
Taylor Berard: Thomas Lee, King High School

Misha Perinova

Outstanding Defense Attorney Misha Perinova, Poly High School

Outstanding Prosecution Attorneys:

Hans Britsch, Great Oak High School
Lanae Harris-Pitts, Citrus Hill High School
Rachel Budd, Chaparral High School*

*Won a summer internship with the District Attorney’s Office

Outstanding Defense Attorneys:

LJ Valenzuela, Arlington High School
Miguel Romero, Indio High School
Misha Perinova, Poly High School*

*Won a summer internship with the Public Defender’s Office

Pairings for Elite Eight Round
(Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 6:00 p.m., Hall of Justice, Riverside)

Prosecution vs. Defense
Palm Desert High School vs. Great Oak High School
Murrieta Valley High School vs. King High School
Hemet High School vs. Temecula Valley High School
Santiago High School vs. Poly High School