Templeton High School places 8th at state mock trial competition

Templeton High School recorded the best-ever result by a county team at the state mock trial championship in San Jose over the weekend, according to John Fricks, the county’s local mock trial coordinator.

Templeton’s team placed eighth overall in the competition that simulates a legal trial. The North County school’s team took eighth place after it won three times and lost once – placing it in the top third of 34 teams competing.

Templeton High’s teacher coach Scott Lewis, a former attorney, said the team beat high schools from Imperial, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles counties before losing to Kern County’s team.

Templeton High’s Ryan Elliott took first in the mock trial’s journalism category for individual award winners – the first time a county student has ever received that honor. Christian Mosbrucker won outstanding bailiff.

The winner of the competition was San Mateo County’s Hillsdale High School and San Francisco County took runner-up.

-Nick Wilson