By Donna McBride 

Public Information Officer 

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Pinal County Juvenile Court Services and its Community Advisory Board (CAB) has announced the results of the Pinal County 16th Annual Mock Trial Competition that took place on Friday, March 8th at the Pinal County Superior Courthouse. Over 200 middle school and high school students spent the day competing for the titles of best witness, opening statement, closing statements, cross examination, direction examination, and witness as they showcase their prosecution and defense skills. 

Those competing in the Varsity Division were Casa Grande Junior High School, Cactus Middle School, School, Villago Middle School, Miami High School and Circle Cross Ranch School. Casa Grande Middle School took home the 1st Place Trophy with Villago Middle school capturing 2nd Place. Individual awards went to: 

  • Annia Kolaniak (Villago Middle) – Best Witness 
  • Stephanie Perez (Casa Grande Middle) – Best Opening Statement 
  • Naderah Nassar (Casa Grande Middle) – Best Closing Statement 
  • Justine Diaz (Casa Grande Middle) – Best Cross Examination 
  • Nataly Rodriquez (Villago Middle) – Best Direct Examination 

Junior Varsity Division included Apache Trail High School, Vista Grande High School, Combs High School, Maricopa Wells Middle School, Picacho Elementary, San Tan Charter School, Sequoia Pathways Academy and Desert Wind Middle School. First time participate San Tan Charter School took home the 1st Place Trophy with Picacho School coming in at a close 2nd Place. Individual awards went to: 

  • Alexia Arledge (Combs High) – Best Witness 
  • Briella Mendevil (Picacho) – Best Opening Statement 
  • Paul Sanchez (Picacho) – Best Closing Statement 
  • Eric Lucio (Picacho) – Best Cross Examination 
  • Alexis Cummard (San Tan Charter) – Best Direct Examination