|Marion Home School team repeats as High School Mock Trial champion|
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.