Mock Trial Competes at Prestigious Providence Cup, Winning Unprecedented Accolades
Bishop Guertin’s Mock Trial Team is already the reigning NH State Champion, but a recent trip to Denver for the Providence Cup saw the team continue to stand out.
The Providence Cup is the nation’s premier two-day mock trial tournament in which high school teams compete for prestigious awards. In September, teams received their Cup case which is always based upon a fact pattern of historical significance. This year, BG had six weeks to prepare for their case which was based on the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby in 1932. Teams had to conduct the trials as if it was 1934, but also use the 2019 Federal Rules of Evidence & Criminal Procedure.
Each team consisted of four to eight students, preparing both sides of the case for trial presentation. Bishop Guertin faced off against 30 other schools and approximately 120 different lawyers and witnesses. The final standings for the teams have not yet been released however, junior Blayne Laliberte won the top attorney award for the second year in a row, a feat never accomplished in the history of the tournament! Sophomore Sarah Sonner also won top ten witness award, again competing against 120 witnesses.
This tournament is a great opportunity for students to ease into the rigorous marathon of the mock trial season. It is a challenging, but fun tournament for everyone; and students get to meet and develop relationships with fellow mockers from all over the country. In particular, BG has a great relationship with the teams and coaches from Hawaii and American Heritage High School in Florida.