Las Vegas High School Mock Trial Team Heads to National Competition

3/26/2019 12:20:00 PM

A student mock trial team from Advanced Technologies Academy (A-Tech) in Las Vegas has won the state high school Mock Trial Competition. As state champions, the A-Tech team will represent Nevada in the National Mock Trial Competition scheduled for May 16-19 in Athens, Ga.

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This is the first time a public school, rather than a private school, has won the state championship since 2012. A-Tech last won the state championship in 2006. The school has been competing in the competition since 1999.

The team is coached by Court of Appeals (COA) Judge Jerome Tao, COA Civil Staff Attorney Amy Yonesawa, and attorneys John Shook, Julie Shook, and Dennis Kennedy.

“It was a privilege to work with such great kids,” said Judge Tao. “I couldn’t be happier for them, and I think they’re going to do very well in Georgia. More important, with their energy, passion, and commitment, they’re going to do very well in life in whatever they choose to do.”

The mission of the Mock Trial Competition is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the American judicial system through academic competitions and other endeavors for students.

The State Bar of Nevada hosts the high school mock trial program every year. The top eight teams from the south region and the north region competed at the state competition on March 16 in Reno.

Yonesawa graduated from A-Tech in 2001 and has been a coach at the school since 2014.

A-Tech is a public magnet high school in Las Vegas and has consistently ranked as the number one high school in Nevada as reported by U.S. News Best High Schools. In 2018, the magazine ranked A-Tech as the 137th best high school nationally.