That was the difference in the state mock trial quarter final, Wednesday March 21, 2012.
We enjoyed a tense, tight contest, described by the presiding judge as “the very best trial this year” that he had seen in the competition, “nearly perfect” from both sides. Our contest was by far the highest scoring of the quarter final round, and was certainly worthy of being the state final itself. Our team scored the highest points total by any City Academy team in the three years that we have competed at state and national level. Halley Bruno and Ashley Kennedy were told by the judges that each deserved a higher score than the maximum allowed.
We split the three judges, all three by a margin of only one point. The deciding ballot came down for Woods Cross, by the narrowest margin possible. Such was the draw, and this is a subjective contest, however much we wish we could yell “goal” when we outshine the opposition.
So when you next see Nancy, Ariena, Walker, Marc, Nikole, Halley, Ashley and Alsatia, feel welcome to give them kudos. They are hardly losers! They are outstanding ambassadors for the very best that City Academy can demonstrate. There was a magic tonight that left us all thrilled and reeling, including a brilliantly improvised team adjustment, in which one member sacrificed individual glory for the good of the team.
We got this year to this level needing to coach up no fewer than six (of eight on the team) first timers to competition. This team’s seeding gave them a most brutal draw. [Ask the students how stunned were the coaches of perennial giant Davis High that we knocked them out in the very first round!] The future is therefore bright. And we build this program deep: we have blooded competitors advancing in every grade in the school. More than 1/8th of the school competed in the state mock trial competition this year. Our senior ‘B’ team (all but one of which were mere 10th graders) ranks as the third best team in the state that did not make the quarter finals. We have shown that our school of 200 consistently can compete with the very best of school after school of 2000+.
Thanks for all your support of these students. They have done us proud. I have appreciated the collaboration in certain subjects to sustain and elevate their academic progress.
Thank you to Gareth Orr for providing the text for this post.