Colorado Academy’s A-Team Takes Second Place in Mock Trial Competition

Colorado Academy’s mock trial A-Team took second place overall at last weekend’s Clyde’s Classic Tournament in Colorado Springs. The team competed against 10 other schools in four rounds over the course of two days.

Unlike regional and state competitions, the judges ranked all of the students–both witnesses and attorneys.

Senior Alex Sachar earned a first-place finish, with the highest cumulative point total, for his performance as a prosecuting attorney. Senior Railey Zantop-Zimlinghaus earned a second-place finish for her performance as a prosecuting witness.

Attorney-coaches included Byeonsook Seo of Gordon & Rees, LLP; Scott Reisch, partner at Hogan Lovells; Kirk Ingebretsen of Sander, Ingebretsen & Wake, PC; William Carey of William C Carey, P.C; Victoria Sharp, criminal prosecutor and chief deputy DA for the Second Judicial District; and Maribeth Younger of CapitalValue Advisors/Silvercloud Companies; as well as Doug Beck, who has more than 20 years of experience as partner in a major international law firm.

The next mock trial competition will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14, at the Denver County Courthouse.