Goleman High hosts mock trials contest

Education By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Friday, January 19, 2024

Barbara Goleman Senior High School hosted its annual mock trial competition for middle schools in December. Bob Graham Education Center, Miami Lakes K-8 Center, Hialeah Gardens Middle School and Palm Springs Middle School competed, with 1st Place overall won by BGEC’s Civic Engagement Academy. MLK-8 placed 2nd. BGEC students led by teacher John Brady also earned individual honors. Principal Yecenia Martinez said Saray Bacallao received the Best Lawyer Award and Andrew Urrutia won Best Witness prize.

Shown in the first photo, from left: Teacher Yanet Proenza; Teacher John Brady; Teacher Leslie Rivero; William Diaz; Marie Dammous; Anabelle Estopinan; Angelina Blasco; Alexa Munoz; Ian Acosta; Saray Bacallao; Ryan Lakhsassi; Andrew Urrutia; Student advisor Yensy Villareal and Joell Gonzalez. Back Row: Jeremy Matthews and Justin Proenza. 

Photo courtesy of Bob Graham Education Center.

In the second photo are attorneys Joshua J. Hertz, Stephanie Cruz and Lorenzo Cobiella who served as judges. Not shown: Trinette Zarran. 

Hialeah Gardens Middle School students Amanda Rodriguez and Arianni Torres with Barbara Goleman Senior High Principal Dr. Manuel Sanchez are in the third photo. Hialeah’s teams won second place. 

Second and third photos courtesy of Barbara Goleman Senior High.