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TCL > May 2006 Issue > STOP THE PRESSES! Colorado has a new High School Mock Trial State Champion!

May 2006       Vol. 35, No. 5       Page  13
In and Around the Bar

STOP THE PRESSES! Colorado has a new High School Mock Trial State Champion!

2006 Colorado Bar Association
High School Mock Trial Program:
hoto Highlights, Kudos, and Thanks

Congratulations to St. Mary’s Academy for earning the
2006 State Title at the Colorado Bar Association High School
Mock Trial Tournament, held in Denver on March 3–4, 2006

The competition field was tough this year, as twenty-two teams from across Colorado vied for the 2006 state championship title and the opportunity to compete at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Oklahoma City in May.

Glenwood Springs High School, which won the state championship title in 2002 through 2005, was defeated by St. Mary’s Academy in the third round, ending their chance for a fifth title. St. Mary’s achieved a 4–0 record with a fourth-round win against Ralston Valley High School’s A Team; this earned them a spot in the championship round.

St. Mary’s Academy competed against Regis Jesuit High School in an intense championship round, which was presided over by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez. As a result of its victory, St. Mary’s Academy now will compete for the national title against forty-four teams from across the United States and U.S. Territories.

This year, the CBA introduced the CBA Mock Trial Team Professionalism Award and Outstanding Attorney and Witness Awards. These awards recognize outstanding teams and team-member accomplishments. Fellow mock trial teams awarded Regis Jesuit’s team with the Team Professionalism Award.

Several students were recognized for their outstanding performances as attorneys and witnesses. Presiding judges and scoring panelists from each round cast their votes for best performers as attorneys and witnesses. These outstanding attorneys and witnesses were honored with a souvenir key chain. See page 19 for more information about these outstanding students.

The CBA High School Mock Trial Program marked its twenty-first anniversary in 2006. The CBA hosted ninety-three teams that participated in nine regional tournaments across Colorado: Adams/Broomfield; Arapahoe County; Boulder County; Denver; First Judicial District ("JD") North; First JD South; Northern Colorado; Southern Colorado; and Western Slope. Twenty-two teams earned a spot to compete in the state tournament. As they prepared for their regional tournaments, more than 1,100 students learned about the litigation process and gained critical thinking, advocacy, strategic planning, and speaking skills. Please see the following pages for regional tournament team participation.

The Colorado High School Mock Trial program could not exist without the support of CBA volunteers! The CBA and the Public Legal Education Committee and its Mock Trial Subcommittee sincerely thank all of the attorneys and teachers who coached these fabulous students. They committed hundreds of hours toward preparing students for the regional and state tournaments. The CBA also thanks the local bar associations and their attorney members who coordinated regional tournaments, as well as the hundreds of attorneys, judges and magistrates, and community volunteers who support the regional and state tournaments as presiding judges and scoring panelists. Without their commitment, these tournaments could not happen. A heartfelt thank-you also goes to the dedicated students, their parents, and teachers who promote and support this program with their participation.

We hope you will share in our efforts in 2007 to positively impact young lives by participating in the CBA High School Mock Trial Program! To find out how to become involved in this worthwhile educational program as an attorney-coach or a tournament volunteer, please contact Carolyn Ferber at the CBA at (303) 824-5323; (800) 332-6736; or

The St. Mary’s Academy all-girls team from Arapahoe County proudly displays the 2006 CBA High School Mock Trial State Trophy. The team’s attorney-coaches, not shown, are Camille Ventrell; Marvin Ventrell; Amanda Donnelly; J.R. Geraghty; John Watson; and teacher-coach Don Nelson.



Congratulations to All High School Mock Trial Teams
That Participated in the 2006 CBA State Mock Trial Program!

* denotes a new school to the program
( ) denotes number of teams registered

First Judicial District North Regional Tournament

Arvada High School; Ralston Valley High School (2); Lakewood High School (3); Standley Lake High School; Arvada West High School

Advancing to State:
Ralston Valley High School's
Team A and Team B

First Judicial District South Regional Tournament

Evergreen High School (2); Bear Creek High School (2); Clear Creek High School (2); Dakota Ridge High School; Summit High School; Chatfield High School; Green Mountain High School; Lookout Academy

Advancing to State:
Evergreeen High School, Bear Creek High School, and Clear Creek High School

Adams/Broomfield Regional Tournament

Bennett High School*; Broomfield High School (5); Northglenn High School; Bollman Tech Ed Center; Holy Family High School (2)

Advancing to State:
Boulder High School,
Holy Family High School,
and Broomfield High School

Arapahoe County Regional Tournament

Kent Denver (2); Regis Jesuit High School (3); Cherry Creek High School (2); Aurora Central High School (2); St. Mary’s Academy (2); Rock Canyon High School

Advancing to State:
St. Mary’s Academy, Kent Denver,
and Regis Jesuit High School

Boulder Regional Tournament

Justice High School; Peak to Peak Charter (2); Boulder High School; Niwot High School*; Monarch High School (2); Frontier High School*

Advancing to State:
Boulder High School and
Monarch High School

Denver Regional Tournament

Career Education Center; George Washington High School; La Academia School; John F. Kennedy High School; Denver School of Science & Technology*; North High School

Advancing to State:
Kennedy High School

Southern Colorado Regional Tournament

Air Academy High School; Cheyenne High School (2); Custer County High School; Palmer High School (3); Lewis-Palmer High School (2); Coronado High School (2); Sand Creek High School (2); Doherty High School (2); Wasson High School; Manitou Springs High School; Falcon High School (2); Sierra High School; Trinidad High School*

Advancing to State:
Coronado High School, Doherty High School’s
Teams 1 & 2, Sand Creek High School,
and Palmer High School

Northern Colorado Regional Tournament

Platte Valley High School; Ridgeview Classical School; Rocky Mountain High School; Fort Collins High School; Windsor High School

Advancing to State:
Fort Collins High School

Attention CBA Members: Do you NOT see listed a school in your community? Consider starting a mock trial team in that local school and serve as their attorney-coach! For more information, please contact Carolyn Ferber at (303) 824-5323.

Western Slope Regional Tournament:

R-5 High School; Cornerstone Christian School*; Glenwood Springs High School (3); Central High School*; Grand Junction High School; Durango High School (4); Rifle High School

Advancing to State:
Glenwood Teams A & B and Durango Team A



The crowd anxiously awaits word on who advances to the Championship Round.
More than 950 people attended the 2006 CBA Mock Trial State Tournament on Saturday, March 4.







Coach Camille Ventrell jumps for joy at the news that her team, St. Mary’s Academy, is advancing to the Championship Round.

Judge Christina Habas, DBA President Chris Little, and Judge Andrew Armatas are sworn in as members of the Championship Round Scoring Panel.


In the Championship Round, a St. Mary’s Academy student and Justice Alex J. Martinez listen to a question.

St. Mary’s Academy team members react to the announcement
of their championship title.

The Ultimate in Professionalism! Regis Jesuit students congratulate St. Mary’s Academy students on a great Championship Round
and their win of the State title.


DBA President Chris Little
and CBA Litigation Section Chair
Peter Black discuss
the Championship Round
they just scored.


Peter Black presents the CBA Mock Trial State Trophy to St. Mary’s Academy student Lily Ventrell at the conclusion of the Championship Round against Regis


Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez congratulates St. Mary’s Coach Marvin Ventrell on the State Championship title.


St. Mary’s Academy students enjoy their championship trophy.


Congratulations to the students who were named Outstanding Attorneys and Witnesses at the 2006 CBA High School Mock Trial Tournament. Shown in photo (no order): Caitlyn Talley, Chris Brown, Neil Stuart, Trevor Thomas, Dan Fletcher, Tyler Lipstreu, Devon Shaw, Tiffany Burke, Lily Ventrell, Karen McKinnon, Vivyan Regis Jesuit High School’s mock trial students and coaches beam with pride at being honored by other tournament teams with the CBA Team Professionalism Award.

Interesting Facts about the 2006 CBA State Mock Trial

  • 131 volunteers staffed 44 rounds of mock trial (22 teams in 11 courtrooms for 4 rounds in two days) as scoring panelists, presiding judges and courtroom monitors.
  • 57% of these volunteers were new to the CBA Mock Trial Program.
  • Out of 105 teams registered in the mock trial program, 8 were new schools in the program, 93 competed in their regional tournaments, and 22 advanced to the State Tournament.
  • The #1-, #2-, and #3-ranked teams were all from Arapahoe County.
  • Bear Creek High School advanced from 1st JD South to compete and placed 10th in the State Tournament—without an attorney coach.
  • St. Mary’s Academy takes the State Title in their 2nd year of participation in the mock trial program.
  • Attorney coaches Marvin & Camille Ventrell took Regis High School’s mock trial team to Nationals when their son, a student team member, was a senior. This year, they take to Nationals the St. Mary’s Academy’s team, on which their daughter is a senior.
  • Record Breaking Crowds! On Saturday, more than 960 people were in attendance for the State Tournament!

Kudos all around to everyone who supported the
2006 Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament!

Our thanks to the following Bar Associations that sponsored the
regional mock trial tournaments and the volunteers who coordinated them:

Arapahoe County: Christine Chauche, Nancy Hopf, and Angel McCall

Denver County: Elsa Martinez Tenreiro and Carolyn Ferber

Western Slope: John Siddeek

1st JD North: Tom Walsh

1st JD South:
KJ Moore and Tom Walsh

Adams/Broomfield Counties: Michael Goodbee

Boulder County: Christine Hylbert

Southern Colorado: Jack Donley, Pat Kelly, and Jason Downie

Northern Colorado: Kim Banner

A special thanks to the following for hosting the 2006 Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament:

Chief Judge H. Jeffrey Bayless, Denver District Court; Presiding Judge Andrew Armatas, Denver County Court; Denver City & County Courthouse and its Judicial Bench; Miles Flesche, District Court Administrator; Matt McConville, County Court Administrator; Denver Bar Association; Kimberly Pascoe and her Security Staff; LeAnna Mosher, Jury Commissioner; Lauri  Dannemiller and the Denver City Council

Kudos and thanks to all of the following attorney, community, committee, and staff volunteers who served as presiding judges, scoring panelists, courtroom monitors, and tournament staff at the State Tournament:

Julie Anderson
Aubrey Ardema
Kate Arganese
Stacy Aronowitz
Mark Bailey
Cynthia L. Barnes
Shannon Becker
Darla Benford
Mark Berry
Barbara Biondolillo
Kristin Bjella
Amy Bockman
Lyle Boll
Brian Boney
Cynthia Bowling George Boyle
Ryan Brackley
Gary Burke
Jane Burkhardt
Sheila Byrnes
David P. Cain
Brian Campbell
Russell Carparelli
Jim Carr
Stacy Chesney
Jim Colgan
Dave Cosson
Leah Cuthbert
Tom DeMarino 

Destiny Effertz
James Eichenberg
Suzanne Fasing
Elisabeth Fedde
Steven Feder
Patricia Finley
Rebecca Franciscus
Art Frazin
Samuel Freeman
David Furman
Charles Garcia
Teresa Garcia
Donald Gentry
Michelle Gersic
Erin Gill
Clarisse Gonzales
Antoinette Granholm
Carolyn Gravit
Mary Gregory
Robert Gunning
Liz Gwartney
Robert Hawthorne
Ingrid Heiser
Chad Hemmat
Barb Henk
Stephen Hensen
Craig R. Hess
Jennifer Hill
Jody Hobbs
Matthew A. Holmes
Will Hood
Candy Jones
Stuart S. Jorgensen
Ashley Kane
Robert O. Kristufek
Steve Laman
Cindy Lay
Charles Ledbetter
Jay Ledbetter
Michelle Leflore-Rantol
Greg Lindsay
Lola MacKenzie
Porya Mansorian
Mindy Marks
Jose D. L. Marquez
Alex J. Martinez
Kris Martinez
Kay McCarthy
Robert McGahey
Ryan McManis
John McNamara
Ethan McQuinn
Benita Mehta
Melinda Miller
Paul Miller
Colin E. Moriarty
Thor Nelson
Melissa Nicoletti
Brandi Lynn Nieto
Michael Paul
Ronald Podboy
Paula Polluconi
Jeff Pond
Janet Price
Janet Lee Priestley
Gerald Rafferty
Chris Randall
Lorena Reyther
Hillary Rile
Robin Rossenfeld
Mary Roudebush
Robert Russel
Andrew Sandomire
Frank Schuchat
Barry Schwartz
Tiffany Scully
Tara Sikora
Dana Collier Smith
Diane V. Smith
Katie Smith
Phillip M. Smith
Stephen Smith
Tim Smith
Robert Spencer
Andrew Stein
Daniel Taubman
Elsa Martinez Tenreiro
Laura Teter
Alison Thayer
Steve Theis
Philipp Theune
David Thorson
Trent Julie
Chuck Turner
Diane Vallejo
Teri Vasquez
Cyril Vidergar
Lynn Walton
Erica Weber
David Williams
Kenneth Winterton Brett Woods
Penny Young

The Colorado Bar Association would like to thank the following:
CBA Litigation Section, for its $10,000 sponsorship
and membership support of the Colorado Mock Trial Program
Colorado Bar Foundation, for its $3,500 travel grant for the
Colorado Mock Trial State Champion trip to the National Championship in May
CBA Public Legal Education Committee and its Mock Trial Subcommittee,
for their efforts in planning of the 2006 Colorado High School Mock Trial Program:

Honorable Julie E. Anderson,
Elsa Martinez Teneiro,

David P. Cain
Jim Carr
Lisa Helfer
Robert O. Kristufek

Steve Laman
Mary Roudebush
Teri Vasquez
Cyril Vidergar

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