Centennial High School named Mock Trial champs, moves on to represent Kern County at state competition in March
Fictitious defendant Jamie Hayes (played by Centennial’s Kylie Melendez) breaks down on the stand as she testifies about her involvement in the 2014 killing of Lee Valdez.
Centennial High School claimed victory in a very close showdown round to win the 2016 Kern County Mock Trial regional competition held on January 23 at the Kern County Superior Courthouse.
17 high school teams argued the fictitious second-degree murder case of People v. Hayes. Centennial will represent Kern County at the California Mock Trial in March.
Competing high schools reversed defense and prosecution roles each round and provided witnesses and courtroom officials in the fictitious case.
People v. Hayes is the trial of Jamie Hayes, a student at Central Coast University (CCU) on a track and field scholarship. Hayes faced a felony charge of murder for the homicide on May 15, 2014, of Lee Valdez, a campus security guard.
Rounding out the top 5 teams were:
— Stockdale High School
— Bakersfield High School
— West High School
— Robert F. Kennedy High School
The top two students from each team who consistently performed the best throughout the course of the two-month competition were named to the Honor Court. They were:
Emma Doty and Noelle Pardo
Desiree Diaz and Rylee Smith
Dion Perkins and Issac Ramirez
Hannah Mangaser and Tim Nunez
Clinton Boone and Aric Springer
Victoria Hernandez and Paulina Gutierrez
Doris Ortiz and Josh Heisel
Young-Jun Oh and Alfred Agbayani
Jedrick Redillas and Andrea Rodriguez
Emma Neath and Ryan Romero
Sydney Cullen and Drake Ballard
Aman Manan and Alejandro Ruiz
Robert F. Kennedy:
Lidia Gonzlaez and Araceli Meza
Anmolpreet Gill and Joseph Hernandez
Lizbeth Beltran and Ana Peche
Aquilla Maliyekkal and Dalton Boyt
Natalie Umanzor and Zeltzin Serrano
Kern County Mock Trial is funded with a grant from the Harry and Ethel West Foundation and is sponsored by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Kern County Bar Association, Kern County Superior Courts of California, Kern County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff’s Reserves.