Last year, the team from Tracy High pushed its strongest competitor, Venture Academy of Stockton, into second, but this year the roles were reversed, with Venture victorious.
Nine San Joaquin County high schools, including West High, participated at San Joaquin County Superior Court, 222 E. Weber Ave., in Stockton.
Teams from Escalon High and ABLE Charter High, Stockton Early College Academy, Pacific Law Academy, Lincoln High and Langston Hughes Academy, all from Stockton, also competed.
Students spent three days last week debating a fictitious case before lawyers and superior court judges to gain some understanding of the legal profession.
The students took turns on teams for the prosecution and the defense in the case of high school student Rae Concha. Concha, a senior at the fictional Rosewood High School, is accused of drug possession and the second-degree murder of a fellow student.
After rounds 1 and 2 on Feb. 18 and 20, the top four teams vied for first place and the right to compete at the state competition in March in San Jose.
The winners were announced during an awards ceremony Saturday afternoon in the Federal Building, 401 N. San Joaquin St., in Stockton.
In addition to Tracy High’s second-place overall finish, Tracy High junior Hilarie Sit earned individual first-place honors in the courtroom artist competition.
During the 2013 mock trial competition, Tracy High beat Venture Academy and placed sixth in the state.
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