US Student Wins Best Pre-Trial Attorney at San Diego Mock Trial Championships

Kevin Kappes, Class of 2020, won best Pre-Trial Attorney for the Prosecution at the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Championships. Kevin scored the most points for his performance and ability to communicate and defend his argument before a real criminal judge and practicing lawyers.

"Kevin worked hard with our attorney coaches over the past five months to master his role, learn a tremendous amount of case law and evidence, and came through brilliantly when the competition demanded it,” said Marc Thiebach, Assistant Head of Upper School and Mock Trial advisor. “Kevin carried himself with great poise under the tough scrutiny of the judge and deserves this award."

Mock Trial is a competition where a team of students study a given case and work together to prepare strategies and arguments for a trial. Each student plays a different role in the courtroom, such as bailiff, clerk, prosecuting attorney, and defense. In competitions, students play prosecution or defense against other schools and are scored by a judge and a panel of attorneys.

At Parker, Mock Trial is one of 56 clubs at the Upper School. Students are coached by past district attorneys and practicing lawyers. Only in his second year in Mock Trial, Kevin says it’s one of his favorite things to do at Parker in addition to the theater club, improv club, soccer, and tennis he is involved in.

“I like learning about the law and being able to incorporate my experience in theater and improv into competitions,” said Kevin.
During the San Diego County Mock Trial Competition, Parker competed against 29 other schools and came in sixth place.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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