Mock Trial is for those who love to act and argue. Payson High School has a few students who love to do both in the club with a team named Payson Procinctus.
For the first time in its six-year history, the team competed at the Mock Trial State Competition on March 26. As a further honor, Payson students Tyler McMinimy and Tyler Aguirre were named to the eight-member all-state team.
To give the competition the feel of an actual trial, organizer held the competition in Phoenix at the Sandra Day O’Connor Courthouse.
“I wanted to go out with a bang this year,” said McMinimy a senior who along with fellow senior Aguirre, was the driving force behind the success of the team.
For their civil trial, the club focused on a case in which a newscaster claimed a hotel was negligent in implementing its bed bug protocol. This negligence led to the infestation of the newscaster’s bed and an accusation by the hotel that the newscaster planted the bugs to create a story.
“We easily brought the best team possible,” said McMinimy.
The other members of the club were: freshmen, Christian Barrowdale, Elle LeBlanc, Jason Lemmon, Larissa Popke and Anthony Tantimonico; sophomores, Ben Myer and Quinn Owen; juniors, Emily Price and Michael Scott; and senior, Tylar Mollenhauer.