Underdog UCSC mock trial team headed to national championship

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From left, mock trial team members Patrick O'Connor, Zainab Shakoor, Emilie Winfield, and Camerion Vanderscoff. (Photo courtesy Santa Cruz Sentinel.)

Before the UC Santa Cruz mock trial team went to the Northern California regional tournament in February, a poll on the mock trial web forum Perjuries.com asked the community to predict the teams that would move on to the next round.

The UCSC team mustered a handful of votes, but was summarily dismissed as a serious contender.

Not only did the entirely student-led team make it out of regionals, it then went on to place in the top six at the Opening Round Championship Series in Irvine in March, and grabbed UCSC a spot in the National Championships to be held April 15-17 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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