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The Verdict Is In

The Verdict Is In

The Raider Mock Trial Team began their season with a win over Methuen High School, 82 - 56, in their opening competition at the Lawrence District Court in the Fenton Judicial Center on January 18, 2024.

Since 1985, the Massachusetts Bar Association has hosted this annual, statewide Mock Trial Program to help high school students learn more about the law, court procedures, and our legal system, giving the students the opportunity to sharpen their analytical, listening and speaking skills.

Mock Trial team during trial

Students prepare a hypothetical case and then test their skills as lawyers and witnesses in a simulated courtroom competition.

This year's fictional case involves a man who is charged with larceny, burglary, and filing a false police report.

Central Catholic plays the role of the prosecution, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Members of the Massachusetts Bar Association serve as attorney coaches and judges for the Mock Trial Program, while thousands of high school students across Massachusetts participate.

Mock Trial team with coaches and judge in courtroom

Mock Trial Team Members in the Competition

  • Michelle Cuebas Tineo '26
  • Kaleigh Davoli '27
  • Selah de la Cruz '26
  • Sophia de la Cruz '24
  • Sophia Encarnacion '25
  • Nadia Lee '27
  • Alexis Martos '25
  • Kayla Pham '26
  • Samantha Sayegh '25


  • Mr. Brian Flaherty, Mock Trial Moderator & Social Studies Teacher
  • Atty. Yolla Sabounji P'27, Frawley & Sabounji Law Group
Mock Trial team in front of Fenton Judicial Center

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About the Mock Trial Team

Central Catholic competes in the Mock Trial Program sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association.

The goal of the program is to help students develop their critical thinking skills, understand the judicial process, and to present themselves in public in a competent manner. It is much like a structured debate team.

Mock Trial prep work starts in the beginning of November with three competitions taking place in late January or early February. Playoffs take place in late February or early March.


Moses and the Red, or Pink, Sea at a Pep Rally

Student Life at Central Catholic

Our students are passionate and involved.

Central Catholic's many clubs, activities, and teams provide students with the chance to develop a life-long interest while forging life-long friendships.

Students forge bonds with classmates and teachers while enriching their lives and pursuing their interests beyond the classroom.

The Mock Trial Team is one of the over 50 clubs and activities available to students.

Explore our Online Activities Guide to find the best fit for your personality, talents, and interests.

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Mock Trial team at desk