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Posted April 8, 2014

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Volcano Vista Platinum Mock Trial Squad Takes State

The team is headed for nationals May 9-10 in Madison, Wis.

Breana Gonzales, Lena Guidi, Hayley Stueber, Aubrianna Knell, Rosa Brasmer, Jane Nguyen, Sonja Fullilove, and Candace Morrison

The Volcano Vista Platinum mock trial squad won the state mock trial championship at the tournament held on March 21-22 at the Metropolitan Courthouse. Members of the team are: Candace Morrison, Breana Gonzales, Jane Nguyen, Aubrianna Knell, Rosa Brasmer, Lena Guidi, Hayley Stueber, and Sonja Fullilove. They took 15 out of 15 ballots over three rounds of competition, dominating a field in which the second-place team took only eight.

Individual recognition was given to Candace Morrison and Michael Sanchez (who competed with the Volcano Vista Black squad) as outstanding attorneys for the tournament, along with Lena Guidi as an outstanding witness. Sanchez also received recognition as the tournament’s most outstanding attorney, along with a $500.00 check, in winning the Zamzok Award, which is given and funded by Albuquerque attorney Lawrence Zamzok.

This championship represents the second in three years for Volcano Vista, as a school squad also won in 2012. The kids are now working hard to prepare for the national tournament, which will be held May 9-10 in Madison, Wisconsin. They’re hoping to better the performance of the 2012 team, which placed seventh nationally here in Albuquerque.

High school mock trial is sponsored by the Center for Civic Values, which is directed by Michelle Giger. Those interested in helping the team get to Madison for the competition can contact Ms. Giger at (505) 764-9417, or

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