Page 2 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, March 13, 2020 Malden Catholic Mock Trial team advances to statewide Elite Eight O n March 1, the Mock Trial team at Malden Catholic High School (MC) won both of its playoff match-ups in the Mock Trial Tournament of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) to advance to the statewide Elite Eight for the fourth time in seven years. In October, MBA delivered a case packet to over 130 high school mock trial teams that were divided into 32 regions for the preliminary round of trials in January. This year’s case involved a student claiming a suspension handed down by the student’s school violated the student’s constitutional rights to free speech and due process. On March 1, MC, along with the The Mock Trial team at Malden Catholic High School recently advanced to the Elite Eight round of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Mock Trial Tournament. Photo Courtesy of Malden Catholic High School) other winners, advanced to the regional round, which was held at Clark University in Worchester. “This year’s team did not have a tremendous depth of mock trial experience, but they demonstrated an incredibly hard work ethic at all grade levels,” said MC Theology and AP Government Teacher Robert Gregory. “Our grueling scrimmage and preliminary trial schedule tested the students early, and I witnessed a hard-driven team that successfully overcame all of their initial challenges. Now, they are reaping the benefi ts.” The regional opponent pairings were determined when the students arrived at the event – along with which side of the case the team had to defend. In the tournament, Malden Catholic drew Tewksbury as an opponent, and in a coin toss, Tewksbury chose to defend the side of the plaintiff . Led by senior captain, Jake Morrow, MC presented a strong defense and emerged victorious. Malden Catholic then advanced to the Sweet Sixteen tournament round in the afternoon and went on to defeat Holbrook in another strongly contested trial where they presented the plaintiff side of the case. The team traveled to Boston on Thursday, March 12 (after press deadline) for the Elite Eight round of the tournament at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, where they are expected to compete against other top regional teams. Sen. Lewis releases statement on COVID -19 virus “ We are facing an unprecedented situation with the global spread of the COVID-19 virus and the many impacts it is having on our communities. 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