Escalon High School and Ripon Christian High School were among runners-up in the San Joaquin County Mock Trials. Finalists Venture Academy Family of Schools in Stockton and Tracy High battled for the title Monday night, with Venture Academy coming out on top.
Venture Academy will attend the Mock Trial State Finals in San Jose in mid-March.
The first two rounds of the annual Mock Trial competition were held Feb. 20 at the Stockton Courthouse, with teams and students winning individual honors.
Those included: The Honorable John F. Cruikshank Jr. Spirit Award Winner, Peter Marotta from Ripon Christian High, and awards for each team under best prosecution and best defense — Angela Franklin, Brent DaSilva, Kelly Irons and Autumn Andersen for Escalon High; and Peter Marotta, Josiah Neeley, Robert Hull and Vanessa Dotinga for Ripon Christian High.