Alex Pilibos Students Win Mock Trial Awards

HOLLYWOOD–Haig Ter-Ghevondian and Harout Hamzoian, students at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Hollywood, received major awards at the Los Angeles County Mock Trial competition awards ceremony on Monday, November 29, 2010 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

The Mock Trial competition is open to all schools, public and private, in Los Angeles County. Each Mock Trial team is composed of prosecution and defense attorneys and witnesses, and each team argues the case created for the competition that year. Each team has a faculty sponsor and an attorney coach to help them understand and argue the finer points of the law in the case.

This year the Pilibos Mock Trial team’s attorney coach was an alumnus of the school, Garo Daglian of the Daglian Law Group.

Haig Ter-Ghevondian was recognized for his performance in questioning and cross-examining witnesses and delivering the defense’s closing argument with the award for Outstanding Defense attorney.

Harout Hamzoian did such a good job of portraying the witness Chris Draper that he was given the award for Outstanding Prosecution Witness. This year almost 60 high schools, public and private, participated in the Los Angeles county Mock Trial competition, and the awards make no distinctions between public and private schools, or between large and small schools.

“We are, of course, very proud of our students,” said Nazo Apanian, principal of Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School, “who were recognized out of the almost 1,000 total students who participated in this competition. We are also equally proud of our school and our teachers who provided them with the preparation and skills to perform in such an outstanding manner. Special thanks must go to Garo Daglian of the Daglian Law Group who generously donated his time and efforts to help make our team such a great success this year.”

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