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DVHS Legal Cardinals win district mock trial championship

Del Valle High School student teams advanced to the state competition after taking multiple top places at the district level of the YMCA Judicial program, including first place from a team of students Mayreli Campos and Shania Castandeda. Under the direction of teacher Michael Cunningham, the Del Valle Legal Cardinals, four teams are moving on to the state level of the Moot Court Competition.

DVHS teams have advanced to the state competition all 13 years they have participated, with a Del Valle team placing first eight of those years. The YMCA Judicial program aims to have students develop a better understanding of the judicial process. Participants work as a team to develop arguments to replicate a real court proceeding.

The State Competition will be held in January 2022 at the Federal Courthouse in Austin. The top seven teams at State will advance to Chicago for the Nationals in July 2022.

DVHS Team Results

  • Team 1 (Mayreli Campos & Shania Castaneda) – 1st *Advance to State

  • Team 2 (Jackie Cano & Sofia Rodriguez) – 3rd *Advance to State

  • Team 3 (Yosvani Lopez & Calista Ruiz) – 4th *Advance to State

  • Team 4 (Sofia Alaniz & Danny Spranger) – 5th *Advance to State

  • Team 5 (Alondra Gutierrez & Juelita Reyes-Lopez) – 6th

  • Team 6 (Breean Mansell & Julisa Luna) – 7th

  • Team 7 (Kristoff Davila & Natalia Gutierrez) – 8th

  • Team 8 (Arwa Idham & Sonanita Pheare) – 9th