Attorneys sought to help coach in Mock Trial

Practicing and retired attorneys are needed to assist students in the 32nd annual Contra Costa County High School Mock Trial program held throughout February, at the Martinez courthouses.

Second- and third-year law students are also invited to participate with the scoring process.

This year's case is the hit-and-run trial (with a texting-while-driving element mixed in): People v. Vega.

Teams of high school students work with teachers and attorney coaches to prepare their version of the criminal case, from both the prosecution and defense perspectives.

Students assume the roles of trial attorneys, pretrial motion attorneys, witnesses, clerks, bailiffs, artists and court journalists.

Real-life judges and attorneys score their performance and provide feedback. The county's champion advances to the state finals.

The Mock Trial is coordinated by the Contra Costa County Office of Education and was created to help students acquire a working knowledge of the judicial system, develop analytical and communication skills, and understand their responsibilities as participating members of society.

Interested attorneys and law students can get additional information by contacting Jonathan Lance at 925-942-3429 or jlance@cccoe.k12.ca.us.

High school students can 'Direct Change'


Advertisement

Student filmmakers throughout California are invited to "Direct Change" by submitting videos for a statewide contest to prevent suicide and change minds about mental illness.

The contest is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.

These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

Contest requirements:

  • Open to high school students in California

  • Asks students to develop a 60-second public service announcement about suicide prevention or eliminating mental illness stigma during the 2012-2013 school year

  • Awards the winning team and associated school a $1,000 cash prize

  • Enters each school into a drawing for a free suicide prevention program

  • Recognizes students and schools at an award ceremony in Sacramento at the end of the school year.

    Students can download an entry form at www.DirectingChange.org before submitting their PSA. For each Intent to Direct form that is submitted, the student's school is entered for a chance to win a suicide prevention program.

    Entry deadline is midnight March 1.

    For information or questions, email jana@directingchange.org.

    Clayton Valley music boosters set fundraiser

    The Clayton Valley Charter High School instrumental music program presents "Hooray for Hollywood," on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the school, 1101 Alberta Way, Concord.

    The event will start at 7 p.m. and includes dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles, as well as entertainment by the CVCHS jazz band and wind ensemble.

    Tickets are $25 per person, and can be at purchased at www.claytonbands.org.

    All proceeds will benefit the instrumental music program at Clayton Valley Charter High School.

    For information, visit www.claytonbands.org, email musicboosters@claytonvalley.org, or call 925-682-7474.

    Mountain View PFC is offering scholarships

    The Mountain View Elementary School Parent/Faculty Club is offering its annual $500 scholarship to any student who attended Mountain View, completing at least the fifth grade, and upon graduation from high school plans to attend a community or four-year college/university.

    Students should submit their applications through March 15 of their senior year.

    Applications are available at the Mountain View office, 1705 Thornwood Drive, Concord.

    For more information, contact Jana Branscum, scholarship committee chair, at 925- 689-6450, or branscumj@mdusd.org.

    CVCHS crab feed fundraiser

    The Clayton Valley Charter High School Athletic Booster Club will host it's 19th annual Crab Feed at 6 p.m. March 16, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord.

    Proceeds will benefit all sports programs at Clayton Valley Charter High School.

    Dinner includes fresh Dungeness crab, pasta, Caesar salad, garlic bread and refreshments.

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A no host bar will feature beer, wine and signature cocktails. Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased at www.cvhsboosters.org.

    Crab feed is to benefit the Concord High choir

    A Concord High School Choir fundraiser is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. March 2, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord.

    There will be dancing, a raffle and silent auction. Dinner includes crab, pasta, salad, bread, coffee. A no-host bar offers beer, wine, and soda.

    Tickets are $45 each or $400 for a table of 10. No tickets are sold at the door.

    For tickets and information, call Rolynne Manalac, 925-788-9456 or email chschoirtickets@gmail.com.

    DVC looks for hosts for international students

    The International Education Center at Diablo Valley is looking for families to host international students on a long- or short-term basis.

    Families get a monthly stipend of $825 per student.

    For requirements or information, contact Fia Parker at 925-876-0080, or email fparker@dvc.edu.

    Items included on a space-available basis; not all submissions published. Email schoolscene@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.