Louisville High School has won the senior division of the Teach Democracy Los Angeles Mock Trial Competition and will advance to the State Mock Trial Competition in March 2024 to represent Los Angeles County. Louisville has won 12 county championship titles and one state title under the steady guidance of Michael Telesca, Louisville Social Science Department Chair. In addition to the team championship title, senior Ruby Dixon was named Outstanding Prosecution Attorney in the Senior division, a very highly coveted accolade.
The Louisville team is comprised of junior and senior students who competed fiercely while juggling rigorous academics, leadership positions, athletic commitments, and roles in school performances. Shown above are team members. Back row left to right are Carissa Becker ‘24, Gianna della Santina ‘24, Hailey Koffman ‘24, Ruby Dixon ‘24, Mary Piscatella ‘24 and Emma Aviv ‘24. Front row left to right are Stephanie Hage ‘25, Madeleine Vielma ‘25, Eva Lloyd ‘24, Falon Ruston ‘24, Katie Kilroy ‘24, Ella Sutherland ‘25, Santana Karno Garcia ‘25 and Kalliopi Althouse ‘25. Michael Telesca is seated at center. These young women argued and won both sides of a fictitious murder case in a competition which began with 84 local senior high school teams. “For young people to have this opportunity to appear in actual courtrooms, in front of actual sitting judges, is an invaluable experience that these students will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Telesca. He also remarked how seeing the students “grow so much in their knowledge of the law and in their own self-confidence, is heartwarming and unforgettable” for the entire community.
Louisville women are not the only female team to advance as the championship title for the middle school division was awarded to Immaculate Heart Middle School, an all-girl team from the Los Angeles area. Louisville High School is a private, all-girl, Catholic high school in Woodland Hills. The school’s vision is to prepare their students to be women who shape the world. Louisville has been graduating women of confidence, integrity, and faith since the doors opened in 1960.