It was an exciting close to the Mock Trial season for Palma, with our team making it to the championship round for the first time since 2014, ultimately coming in second after an incredibly narrow loss to returning county and state champions Carmel High School. Only five points out of the hundreds awarded by the three scoring judges separated the two teams, with two of the scorers tipping the win to Carmel and one to Palma. Our team reached the final round this year after notching up a victory over perennial powerhouse Pacific Grove earlier that day, the first time Palma has defeated PG in over a decade. Along the way, our team also beat Catalina and Stevenson, losing only once in the preliminary rounds, to Carmel by .4% last Monday.
Individual awards were won by four of our students: Jacob Ottone ’18 for outstanding prosecution pretrial attorney, Patrick Briley ’18 for outstanding prosecution trial attorney, Michael Perez ’18 for outstanding court clerk, and Alex Thomas ’19 for outstanding bailiff.
Many thanks go to the fine efforts of longtime attorney coaches, Kelly Sutherland and Matt Ottone, along with two new attorney coaches, Matthew L'Heureux and Lana Nassoura. And thank you to those of you who came out to support the team. We really appreciate it!
Pictured (l to r): Alex Thomas ’19, Patrick Briley ’18, Jake Ottone ’18, Michael Perez ’18.
Palma is a private, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7 through 12 owned and operated by the Christian Brothers Institute of California. Palma School is dedicated to providing young men an excellent education in a Roman Catholic environment that embraces the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education and challenges each individual to develop spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially.