The RLS mock trial team recently wrapped up its fourth year, which was a success despite the challenges the team members faced due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Monterey County’s annual competition among local high schools, sponsored by Lyceum Monterey County, had to be held via Zoom since the Monterey County courthouse remains closed. Our team finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. John Hubanks, Senior Deputy District Attorney of Monterey County and one of the team’s legal advisors, explains “The team’s split record is a bit misleading, since both losses were extremely close contests against tough opponents: Pacific Grove High School and Palma High School.”

Participants faced no shortage of obstacles this season. Owing to remote instruction, the team moved its practices and preparation process online. Engagement did not waver despite teammates’ geographic distance from each other and the School, and student leaders diligently maintained the team’s schedule and ran its twice-a-week practices between October and January.

Team leader Clea Cadell ‘22 lauded her team for their commitment this year, explaining that almost all 16 full-time team members attended every practice.

John praised the team for a job well done in the annual competition, adding “Congratulations to this year’s RLS mock trial team for another strong performance: Emily Amador, Clea Caddell, Audrey Robinson, Fatima-Zahra Kamara, Hayden Williams, Jake Larson, Lina Lim, Maya Chavez, Nora Wilcox, Nathan Hubanks, Romi Fernandez Riviello, Sophie Sparano, Addy Blaxter, Eliana Heiser, Malena Sparano, and Nkechi Ezirim. Of note, Nathan Hubanks received an Outstanding Prosecutor Award and Sophia Sparano received an Outstanding Trial Witness award.”