A team from the Marion Home School
Association won the 2016 High School Mock Trial championship in the state
tournament held last week, March 28-30. It was the second consecutive year the
team, known as the "Slayhawks,” has captured the state championship. As the
state champion, the team will compete in the national tournament in Boise,
Idaho, on May 12-15.
The Marion team, which was coached by
attorney Matt Dake, and teacher Dana Miller, defeated a Johnston High School
team in the semifinals to advance to the finals. They narrowly defeated a team
from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, to capture the championship.
The Valley team was coached by attorneys Sarah Franklin and Maggie Hanson, and
teacher Stefanie Kaylor.
A complete list of the top 12 teams, as
well as an alphabetical listing of the 22 other teams who competed in the state
tournament, can be found here. The list also contains the names of the outstanding attorneys, the
outstanding witnesses and the winners of the Judge Anthony Critelli Award for
sportsmanship, civility and courtroom decorum. The attorney and witness winners
are selected by the judges scoring the competitions. The Critelli award is
determined by the members of all the teams competing in the tournament.