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Mock trial expands to record 65 members

Cibola High School’s mock trial program has nearly outgrown its meeting space.

After three years of touting its program success, they have expanded to 65 students, becoming one of the largest mock trial programs in the state of Arizona.

“Training throughout the summer and now in a classroom, these 65 high schoolers are working and training every day to become Arizona's future attorneys,” Cibola senior Edgar Moreno said after the program’s first meeting of the new school year on Aug. 28.

Last year, under the guidance of adviser Josh Guidote, Cibola’s mock trial program sent two teams to the state competition after winning its regional final. Since its inception, the team has grown from a team of eight members in its inaugural year to sending multiple teams to the state level.

According to the state’s official mock trial website (, the Arizona High School Mock Trial Program is a positive academic experience that gives students an opportunity to improve their speaking, writing, reading and analytical skills while learning about the judicial system. As participants, the students play the role of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case. The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education is committed to educating the leaders of tomorrow by helping them achieve a higher knowledge of the legal system.

Eric Patten