Boston Preparatory Charter Public School’s mock trial team emerged from their second season confidently with a final record of 1-2. “This was a year of significant growth, commitment, and poise,” stated Boston Prep coach, Gabriela Diller. While the team hoped for more wins, the ballots were incredibly close while facing some of the toughest competition in the state.
In the first round of the season, Boston Prep's prosecution team faced strong competition in Boston Latin Academy, outscoring their competitors with a final score of 82-76, including extra bonus points for professional courtroom decorum. In the next round, Boston Prep's defense team faced previous state champions, Maimonides School from Brookline, MA and lost a tense and fierce round 84-89. In the final round, Boston Prep's prosecution team faced two-time defending state champions, The Winsor School from Boston, MA. The scoring judge from noted that it was one of the best trials he has ever scored in his years as a judge. Boston Prep team members exhibited incredible confidence, comradery, and understanding of the case and courtroom procedures, earning 101 points, just behind Winsor's 105. The coaches of The Winsor School were exceptionally impressed with the level of competition from a novice team and invited Boston Prep to participate in their elite pre-season competition next year.
“This year was more positive. We knew what we were aiming for, and even though we didn’t achieve it completely, we were happy with the results and are excited for next year,” commented Boston Prep junior and witness, Ashley Sosa. Mock trial is a unique opportunity for students to be part of a competitive team that develops academic skills such as quick-thinking, confidence, public speaking, critical thinking, and teamwork. Team Captain, Lead Attorney, and senior from BPCPS Obinna Mogor concluded, “Mock trial gave me the foundation of skills necessary for college, such as speaking in front of a large audience.” The team is looking forward to growing on their success next year.