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Each year the Constitutional Rights Foundation sponsors a Mock Trial Competition. The competition is statewide and Cornelia Connelly is a member of the Orange County chapter. Mock Trial combines law-related education with tournament-style competition. Using a simulated criminal court case, students explore current and complex legal, social, and constitutional issues. Student teams from over 40 local high schools prepare to enact every role in a trial with the guidance of attorney and teacher coaches. The teams meet at the Central Justice Center for eight rounds of competition. Superior Court, California Appellate, and Federal Court judges preside at the trials, and attorneys observe and rate the performance of student teams in a variety of categories. More than 1,000 students and hundreds of volunteers from the legal and education communities participate in the program. 

The 2013 season was a tremendous success. Connelly was undefeated during the season. We competed against Corona del Mar High School, Esperanza High School, Foothill High School, and University High School. We lost in a single-elimination play-off round to Santa Margarita in a match that was so close it had to be decided by a tie-breaker. Congratulations to our 2013 Mock Trial Team! 

A special congratulations to the students listed below. They received special honors at the annual Mock Trial Luncheon, which was held at the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy on February 14, 2014. 

  • Alyssabeth Reyes = Outstanding Trial Attorney
  • Sophia Albanese = Outstanding Expert Witness
  • Chanelle Leva = Outstanding Courtroom Artist, 2nd Place

2013-2014 MOCK TRIAL

Teacher-Coach: Mrs. Pam Schulz
Jesse Verdin of Verdin Family Law (father of Melissa ’11, and Alysia ’13)
April Balangue of Poliquin & DeGrave LLP
Vince Fabrizio (father of Isabelle, 10th grade)
Cris Albanese (mother of Sophia, 10th grade)


2013-2014 Mock Trial Team Members:                           

Pre-Trial Attorneys: Katherine Meland 
  Victoria Castaneda
Trial Attorneys: Angelica Sunga
  Kately Arriaga
  Nini Nguyen
  Gaby Taylor
  Dominique Codjia
  Alyssa Reyes
Witnesses: Sophia Albanese
  Yvana Bustamante
  Domenica Diaz
  Noelle Fischer
  Desirey Gomez
  Danielle Lee
  Ally Saavedra
  Tatiana Sanden
Court Clerk:   Tran Truong
Bailiff:   Bianca Cruz
Managers:      Eibhlin Kay
  Nabeeha Khna
Artist:   Chanelle Leva























2012-2013 MOCK TRIAL

Teacher-Coach: Ms. Evelyn Dinnen
Jesse Verdin of Verdin Family Law
April Balangue of Poliquin & DeGrave LLP

The 2012-2013 Mock Trial team members are: Janan Abdelmuti, Yvana Bustamante, Dominique Codjia, Bianca Cruz, Noelle Fischer, Eibhlin Kay, Lucia La, Jennifer Nguyen, Nini Nguyen, Alyssa Reyes, Ally Saavedra, Tatiana Sanden, Hailey Sledge, Angelica Sunga, Gaby Taylor, Tran Truong, Alysia Verdin and Laura Yu.  










Cornelia Connelly School's Mock Trial team placed in Orange County's Top 4 teams in 2011-2012.
Team members serve as pre-trail attorneys, prosecuting and defense attorneys, witnesses, courtroom clerks, bailiffs, and courtroom artists. The team of 20 competes twice weekly at the Santa Ana Courthouse against high school teams from across Orange County.

Reminders for the month:
APR 4 - Edline course registration begins
APR 4-5 - ASB Officer Campaigning
APR 6 - Parents Association Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 6 - Junior Class Performs Play @ Servite 8 a.m.-noon
ASB Officer Speeches & Elections 
 - 5/7 SAT Registration Deadline
APR 9 - ACT Testing
APR 11 - Ambassador Applications Available 
APR 11-13 - Cheer Tryouts
APR 11-15 - Global Solidarity Week
APR 12
All-School Service Day
APR 13
 - Academic Council Meeting @ 3:15 p.m.
APR 14 - Global Solidarity Day
APR 14 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 15 - Ambassador Applications Due
APR 16 - Spring Fling Dance @ Rosary - 7-11 p.m.
APR 18-20 - Senior Exit Interviews; Classes begin @9:45 a.m.
APR 19 - Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal
APR 19 - Graduation Orders - Pickup @ Lunch
APR 21 - Early Dismissal
APR 21 - Spring Open House @ 6 p.m.
APR 21 - Spring Concert @ 5:30 p.m.
APR 22 - Earth Day Mass; Formal Uniform Day
APR 22 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 23 - Family Gardening Day 8 a.m.-noon
APR 24 - National College Fair
APR 25 - Spring Pep Rally
APR 25-26 - Class Officer Campaigning
APR 26 - AP Pre-Admin for all AP Students
APR 27 - Class Officer Elections
APR 27 - GAA Banquet @ 6 p.m.
APR 28 - Int'l Student Meeting
APR 28-30 - Tri-School Theatre Spring Musical @ 7 p.m.
APR 29 - Edline Course  Registration Ends

"The dedicated and supportive teachers and faculty, the energetic and welcoming students, the openness and comfort of the campus, I knew Connelly was the school for me."
Katherine, Class of 2011

"Catherine has become a caring, lovely, confident, well-rounded young lady. We are grateful that she has received such an excellent foundation in her religious and academic education. She is well equipped to handle life's challenges."
Grandparents, John & Anna Wippler

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