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Marion home school team wins state mock trial championship

Iowa State Bar Association

The Marion Home School “Ethos” mock trial team poses with its trophy after winning the state Mock Trial tournament on April 6. Team members are Zephanaya Boentoro, Rebecca Brownell, Kathryn Cassidy, Logan Flatland, Megan Flatland, Joseph Hartzler, Christopher Scaffidi, Naomi Smith and Jarelyn Wessel. Their coaches are Dana Miller, Gabe Groothuis and Matt Dake.
Iowa State Bar Association The Marion Home School “Ethos” mock trial team poses with its trophy after winning the state Mock Trial tournament on April 6. Team members are Zephanaya Boentoro, Rebecca Brownell, Kathryn Cassidy, Logan Flatland, Megan Flatland, Joseph Hartzler, Christopher Scaffidi, Naomi Smith and Jarelyn Wessel. Their coaches are Dana Miller, Gabe Groothuis and Matt Dake.

Marion Home School’s “Ethos” mock trial team won the 37th annual Iowa High School Mock Trial Tournament earlier this month in Des Moines.

On April 6 in the championship round held in the Iowa Supreme Court courtroom, “Ethos,” representing the plaintiff, defeated Des Moines Lincoln High School’s team to take home the state championship trophy. “Ethos” was one of three teams of home-schooled students represented by Marion Home School Mock Trial that made it to the state tournament this year.

The Marion Home School team will now head to the National Mock Trial Tournament in Athens, Ga., in May.

A second Marion home school team was a semifinalist behind Des Moines Lincoln, the runner-up. Other area schools that placed in the tournament were Iowa City High School (fifth place) and Robins Mock Trial (eight place). A third Marion mock trial team, along with Cedar Rapids Washington, also qualified for the state tournament.

Area students who were honored as outstanding attorneys included Lottie Gidal of Iowa City, Marcel Smith of Marion Home School and Isabelle Wilcox of Cedar Rapids Washington. Outstanding witnesses were Quinn Kopelman of Iowa City, Josh Santel of Marion Home School and Emma Stadelman of Robins.

Mock trial is designed to introduce students to our legal system by providing a challenging, academic competition. The Iowa High School and Middle School Mock Trial programs are administered by The Iowa State Bar Association Center for Law & Civic Education, in cooperation with the Young Lawyers Division and with financial support from The Iowa State Bar Foundation.

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