We’ll See you in Court!


by Carolyn Frost


Oakdale’s Mock Trial team has had a very successful season so far this year, winning the County competition for Frederick County.  However, they aren’t done yet, and soon will compete in Circuits.


To briefly summarize, the Mock Trial program allows students to simulate court cases, and take a role on either the side of prosecution or defense.  Generally, six students are on each side, with three acting as attorneys and three acting as witnesses.


Every participant in Maryland receives the same case, with a new case every year. This year, the case was about a school superintendent put on trial for lead getting into the water supply, causing students to have lead poisoning.


On Tuesday, March 7th, Oakdale’s defense faced off with Urbana High School’s prosecution.  OHS was victorious, becoming the winners for Frederick.


“The trial went really well!  It was very close, but we won after a tiebreaker,” stated junior Alyssa Garagiola.


Garagiola was a witness for defense, and participated in that week’s trial.  “To get ready, I have to read and memorize parts of my testimony.  You really have to know your person to be able to answer questions from the other team, and help your own.”


Now that Oakdale has won for Frederick, they move on to Circuits against Winston Churchill High School, the team that won Montgomery County.  Circuits was scheduled to be held Tuesday, March 14th, but due to the snow, it was rescheduled for March 21st.


Oakdale’s defense once again competed, up against WCHS’s prosecution.  Both teams will progress to Regionals; however, WCHS were the victors.


“I’m a little nervous, Montgomery County is supposed to be very challenging, but I’m not too scared,” senior and prosecution lawyer Sara Reagan had said regarding the recent trial.


Although this year’s season is coming to a close, Oakdale students can join Mock Trial for next year by talking to Mrs. Alexia Isacco, the coach, before the next winter season begins.


“I would recommend Mock Trial for any student with a general interest in law.  It’s an amazing experience,”  Reagan suggested.


“Mock Trial takes a lot of commitment, but it’s a lot of fun to simulate a trial in an actual courthouse.  It’s a lot like acting,” Garagiola added.
Oakdale’s Mock Trial team will compete once again April 6th, against a team yet to be announced.  Come out to support, or wish them good luck!

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Oakdale’s Mockt rial team prepares to take WCHS on in court