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Sobrato High Participates in State Mock Trial Finals FOR THE FIRST TIME, Ann Sobrato High School participated in the 35th Annual California Mock Trial Finals held in March in Sacramento.   This year 8,000 California students participated, with only 700 going to the Sacramento Finals.  Students had to study a case and prepare strategies and arguments.  Students gained an understanding of the criminal justice system while learning analytical and communication skills. The Mock Trial team consisted of 18 students: 8 attorneys, 8 witnesses, a bailiff and a clerk. The Sobrato advisors included Mock Trial coach, Mr. Barnes, with assistance from Matt Parella, Jeff Nunes and Marcus Humphrey. The student team consisted of Seniors Natalie Kuwatani, Jacob Nunes, Isabella Cova, Erica Kelley, Adrianna Scalzo, Parth Shah, Arthur Rodriguez, and Brian Freimuth; Juniors Raya Kavosh, Nicholas Dinato, and Stephen Curry; Sophomores Maria Morris, Kaley Raczyla, and Veronica Mishriki; and Freshmen Zaria Kelley, Danielle Dokter, and Grace Baker. The Sobrato High School team participated in four rounds, winning one and dropping three. Sobrato students and coaches learned from the experience and are preparing for next season. Don & Karen Christopher Latino Family Fund Youth Program First Row (l-r): Liseth Villarreal, Makayla Ruiz, Omar Macias-Nandino, Michael Artmore, Amanda Huerta. Second Row (l-r); Francisca Garcia (counselor), Claudia Valencia (counselor), Brenda Gonzalez Marquez, Alexys Echevarria, Lilia Cisneros (counselor), Annie Tomasello. Third Row (l-r); Javier Aguirre, Maria Walker (principal), Ernesto Olivares (YIP Chair), Rosie Ramon (counselor), Sal Tomasello, Delia Diaz (LFF Co-chair), Edwin Diaz (LFF Co-chair). THE LATINO FAMILY FUND’S signature program, Youth in Philanthropy and Leadership, received the prestigious ‘Community Values Youth’ award from YMCA’s Project Cornerstone in March at the Asset Champions Awards Breakfast held at the Santa Clara Convention Center and was attended by over 800 guests. The event recognizes individuals and organizations for their successful work and programs benefiting youth in their communities. Project Cornerstone works on behalf of youth in Silicon Valley and is committed to helping every child feel valued, respected, and known. Its members are building a community where all adults support children and youth so they can find their spark and thrive. Project Cornerstone works with more than 400 community partners and schools intentionally to GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN help youth develop positive relationships, opportunities, values, and skills, known collectively as “developmental assets”. The goal is for those assets to provide the foundation for a healthy and successful future. Project Cornerstone was founded by the Youth Alliance in 1999 and is now an initiative of the YMCA of Silicon Valley. The Latino Family Fund of Gilroy was founded in 2006 by several local families with the objective of strengthening the community by providing resources to Gilroy residents in need, embracing Latino philanthropy and leadership, and inspiring youth to give back to their community. The LFF’s program, Youth in Philanthropy and Leadership, was formally established three years ago and now serves 50 students at South Valley and Ascencion Solorsano Middle Schools. MAY/JUNE 2016 29