IMPERIAL — The Imperial County Office of Education hosted their 35th Mock Trial awards ceremony at the Frank Wright Auditorium on Wednesday night.
“We wanted to recognize the students and award their outstanding performances,” explained Robin Bates, the Imperial County Mock Trial coordinator. “They all do such a wonderful job, but some of them have some extra nominations so we just want to have a fun event that recognizes them for their hard work.”
The Frank Wright Middle School Auditorium was filled as each school’s mock trial team sat together for the event. Each school was recognized and awarded medals based on its accomplishments during this year’s season.
“This is the 35th annual event,” said Bates. “They’re all amazing, the students are great. I just hold this event in my heart, these students are so good at what they do. They work so hard and they’re so talented. It just really brings out the best in them and it happens that way every single year.”
Although all Imperial Valley mock trial teams were recognized, it was Central Union who was the standout team. With Brawley Union High recognized as runner-up, Central took home the trophy for the second consecutive year. The team was able to carry through an undefeated season and placed in the top 10 state bracket this year.
“I think today’s event was wonderful,” commented Bates. “We had great attendance, as you can see they don’t want to leave, so we accomplished what we hoped to.”
Following the ceremony, teams were welcome to step on stage and pose for a team group photo.