Centennial Middle School has continued a strong tradition in the State Mock Trial competition, securing their eleventh State Championship. Both of Centennial’s teams went through the primary rounds undefeated and continued that way through the round of sixteen, quarterfinals and into semi-finals. In the semi-final round, one Centennial team suffered a narrow defeat while the other advanced to the Championship. On Wednesday, March 25th, Centennial captured the State Title. The championship team will be honored by the State Bar Association at this year’s Law Day Luncheon on May 1st.
Centennial had sixteen students participate who were divided into two teams for the state competition. Comprised of students from the American Studies classes, both teams finished preliminary rounds with winning records. Team B placed first in the state: Isa Benjamin, Christy Bradford, Isaac Fillmore, Cobe Jensen, Grace Miller, Jackson Sevison, Ben Smith, and Sarah Tobey. Team A placed third in the state: Calvin Boyce, Dillon Jensen, Starly Oldroyd, Josh Pearce, Coby Sandholtz, Camryn Smith, Liza Sybrowsky, and Ella Wilson.
This year’s case was a civil one, dealing with privacy issues on school-issued laptops. Students learned the elements of negligence in civil action and came away with a great understanding of the right to privacy and it’s limitations. Team members play the roles of witnesses, attorneys, and bailiffs in courtrooms. The Mock Trial Competition is open to all public and private secondary schools in Utah. Each year, more than 1,000 students, 80 teachers, 300 attorneys, and 100 community representatives participate in over 110 mock trials statewide.