Mock Trial Finishes Most Successful Year

Waukee’s Mock Trial program recently finished its most successful year in program history. A record number of student participants ultimately led to one middle school team placing at the state tournament and for the first time ever two high school teams advancing to state.

Mock Trial is an extracurricular program offered in conjunction with the Iowa State Bar Association. Students work with teachers and local attorneys to develop high-level reading, writing, analysis, public speaking, and teamwork skills. The activity consists of learning about the American legal system and courtroom etiquette and then re-enacting a court case in competition with other schools.

During the middle school season, more than 30 eighth-graders took part in Mock Trial on teams from both Timberline and Prairieview. One team from each school advanced through the competition and they met in the regional finals with Timberline advancing to the state tournament and placing 12th. Members of the state qualifying team were: Tasha Bhatia, Dhruv Chatterjee, Wesley McPike, Maddi Megonigle, Saina Narsian, Adrian Valluparra (All-State Attorney), Akshat Valse, Anika Yadav.

High School Mock Trial includes students in grades 9-12 and this year more than 60 students participated from Prairieview, Timberline, and Waukee High School. Two teams advanced to state where they had high hopes for achievement but unfortunately, the tournament was canceled due to health concerns. Members of the state qualifying teams were: From PV/WHS: Alyssa Roush, Kelsey Cooper, Hailey Molayal, Hannah Molayal, Sydney Clevenger, Spencer Paulsen, James Van Rees, Collin Brown, Colson Thayer, Emily Hodges. From TL/WHS: Rosie Ajish, Nick Bianchi, Anagha Chandran, Shivani Gupta, Brayden Harder, Puja Mekala, Palin Narsian, Sai Rayasam, Izzy Schad, Connor Stout.