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Release: Country Day Wins 2024 Mock Trial Competition

Natomas Pacific Pathways Places Second in 45th Annual Competition

SCOE Press Release

Contact: Xanthi Soriano, Executive Director, Communications
Phone: (916) 228-2713 • Email:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 20, 2024


Sacramento, CA—The Sacramento County Office of Education is announcing that Sacramento County Day School has emerged as the champion of the 2024 Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Mock Trial Competition. Contender Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School placed second after several days of intense courtroom competition and careful deliberations by esteemed judges.

Twenty-one high school teams took part in the competition. Sacramento Country Day School advances to the California Mock Trial Competition, held March 22–24 in Los Angeles. Rio Americano High School followed in third with Jesuit High School in fourth.

Mock Trial Results

Sacramento County

  • 1st Place: Sacramento Country Day School
  • 2nd Place: Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School (Natomas USD)
  • 3rd Place: Rio Americano High School (San Juan USD)
  • 4th Place: Jesuit High School (Diocese of Sacramento)
  • 5th Place: St. Francis High School (Diocese of Sacramento)
  • 6th Place: Elk Grove High School (Elk Grove USD)
  • 7th Place: Casa Roble Fundamental High School (San Juan USD)
  • 8th Place: Sheldon High School (Elk Grove USD)

El Dorado County

  • 1st Place: Ponderosa High School

Yolo County

  • 1st Place: Da Vinci Charter School
  • 2nd Place: Davis High School
  • 3rd Place: River City High School

Yuba County

  • 1st Place: Lindhurst High School

About Mock Trial

The Mock Trial Competition simulates a trial-level proceeding in which students portray the roles of pre-trial counsel, prosecuting and defense attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, bailiffs, and jurors before a single presiding judge and two scoring judges. Volunteers from local law firms and other legal organizations served as scoring and presiding judges for the five-day event.