Marion Mock Trial High School Team Wins State Title

MHSAP State Champions Mock Trial

Marion, IA (April 8, 2019) –  The High School Mock Trial tournament took place in Des Moines, Iowa, April 4-6 and one of Marion’s very own took home the championship trophy.


Thirty-four teams competed over the 3 days, with two of Marion’s teams advancing to the semifinal rounds on Saturday.  Team Pathos consisting of Nathaniel Smith, Marcel Smith, Eliza Kautz, Liam Flecksing, Christian Olander, Sam Brewster, Mairead Boucher, Lydia Bitterman, Josh Santel, Jeffrey Barta, and coaches DeeDee Scaffidi and Mitchell Baily competed against Des Moines Lincoln.  Pathos lost that round, giving them a 3rd place finish in the state.  Team Ethos consisting of Naomi Smith, Kathryn Cassidy, Rebecca Brownell, Megan Flatland, Zefanya Boentoro, Jeralyn Wessel, Logan Flatland, Christopher Scaffidi, Joseph Hartzler, and coaches Dana Miller,  Gabe Groothuis, and Attorney Coach Matt Dake, won their semi-final round against Spencer, advancing them to the finals round where Marion’s Team Ethos defeated Des Moines Lincoln, earning Marion the Iowa State Championship title.


Marion’s Team Logos, consisting of Antonio Groothuis, Elizabeth Pint, Simeon Lantzer, Caryn Charles, Gideon Rediger, Anna Rediger, John Paul Buss, Danica Dillman, Madelyn Cassidy, Teegon Slaughter, and Coach Lauren Stickley also competed at the state tournament, winning their first round of the tournament.


Outstanding Attorney and Witnesses awards were given to students based on nominations from the judges.  Marcel Smith was awarded All-State Outstanding Attorney, and Josh Santel was awarded All-State Outstanding Witness.  We are very proud of our Marion Mock Trial Team!!


Mock trial is an activity in which students are given either a mock civil or criminal case (changes each year) to prepare for and argue in a mock trial against other teams, in front of judges.  Each team consists of a plaintiff/prosecution side and a defense side.  The teams have to prepare to argue the case from both sides. This season, the teams argued a civil case surrounding the purchase of an original Emerson Colline painting sold at a charity auction. The Plaintiff claimed the $500,000 painting she believed to be authentic at the time of purchase, was actually a forgery, and therefore was suing the Charity Operations Network for damages.

Congratulations Team Ethos on your outstanding achievements!