I am contacting you on behalf of the Clovis North High School Mock Trial Team. Our team first began seven years ago (2008-09) and since that time has racked up impressive victories, including THREE back-to-back Valley Championships (2010, 2011, 2012), three runner-up Valley Championships (2013, 2014, 2015), along with a 3rd and 4thplace finish at the California State Mock Trial Championships (2011, 2012), Outstanding Defense Attorney, and Outstanding Defense Expert witness awards at the California State Mock Trial Championships (2011). The top 3 State ranking earned us a spot at the prestigious International Empire Mock Trial Tournament in 2011, held each October in New York City where we placed in the top 15 among 40 teams from 6 countries. In the spring of 2014, we competed two teams at the Fresno County Mock Trial competition, and along w/our runner-up finish for our Varsity team, our JV team earned an impressive 5th place finish in the Valley. Last fall, we again competed at the International Empire Mock Trial Tournament in New York and placed an impressive 10th in the world among 40 teams from 5 countries!
To continue our success and remain competitive statewide, our current team of 48+ students, will travel to other parts of California to scrimmage teams of equal or higher quality. These trips provide our students the interaction required to succeed in annual competitions. A typical trip costs us around $400-$600 for transportation, and we have at least five to six trips per season. This does not cover hotel or food costs for overnight tournaments or tournament fees. Our team is dedicated to educating all team members on the workings of our legal system and developing analytical and oratorical skills to be effective, articulate leaders in our society. Some students will even further these experiences by establishing a career in law. Your generous support will enable these students to achieve even greater success.
This year we again need to raise funds as we will strive to regain the Valley title, be competitive at State, and look toward participating in the International Empire Mock Trial event in NYC, San Francisco, or Atlanta in the Fall of 2016. Our annual cost to run our regular season program (we receive no money to run our program from the school) is approximately $6000-$7000. The cost to attend an Empire International tournament is approximately $20,000 depending on the number of team members attending, plus coaches, or around $1400 per student/coach. Only 40 top-ranked teams are chosen from throughout the US and the world (including Ireland, the UK, Canada, Australia, and South Korea). This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact and compete against top international mock trial teams, further develop critical thinking and speaking skills, and allow students to challenge their trial skills like no other competition can. A majority of the teams at the Empire Tournament go on to win their State competitions. We are very proud and humbled by this opportunity, and having participated twice at New York, we recognize the value of this amazing experience but need your help to make this dream come to fruition for our current crop of mock trial students.
Our Clovis North Mock Trial fund raising team requests your support in the form of a tax-deductible donation. There are several ways outlined in which you can assist us:
Donation of money to the CN Mock Trial program (payable to CN Mock Trial)
Sponsorships of our team and/or matching donations from your business
Donation of items for Bronco Foundation Stampede in October
The Clovis North Mock Trial team and parents sincerely thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to whatever support you or your company can provide. In gratitude of your contribution, we will post your name in our team literature and team shirts. By helping our team, you will be investing in the future of all students who participate in mock trial.
If you require additional information about our Clovis North Mock Trial Team, please contact me or one of our coaches and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You may contact our coaches via email or phone, or our parent fundraising helpers, Carmen Mendoza (Shark Cards etc.), Laura Whitehouse (donations), or Sharon Secor (donations). *If you are sending your donation in the form of a check, please make it payable to Clovis North Mock Trial.
We simply could not meet our individual and team goals without the generosity of donors like you.