Waukee Mock Trial Finish top Ten at State

Grant Campbell, Erik Witte, Rashida Anderson, Mike Sylvester, Liisi Reiser, Cait Spackman and Joel Berner celebrate their hard fought 8th place finish at the State Mock Trial tournament sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association. It signaled the best finish ever by a Waukee mock trial team. Not pictured are Rachel Muse and Amanda Jackson

A historic year for Waukee Mock Trial! The Warrior team earned a top ten finish in the two-day state competition at Vets Auditorium March 28 and 29. Beating teams from Pleasant Valley and Spirit Lake and a narrow loss to Dowling, the team led by senior Amanda Jackson finished the year ranked 8th out of a field of 118 teams statewide.

Sophomore Cait Spackman received an Outstanding Witness Award for her riveting performances and junior Joel Berner commanded the judges’ attention and walked away with an Outstanding Attorney honor. This year’s case centered on an application for immigration. Students had to learn the intricate details of immigration law and present both sides of the case as well as testimony from six different witnesses.

This year’s finish was the best ever for the Warriors who qualified for the state tournament for just the second time in the school’s history. Nearly 30 students participated in Waukee’s Mock Trial Program this year. Members of the state team include Rashida Anderson, Joel Berner, Grant Campbell, Amanda Jackson, Rachel Muse, Liisi Reiser, Cait Spackman, Mike Sylvester, and Erik Witte.

Sophomore Cait Spackman is all smiles after judges named her Oustanding Witness at the State Mock Trial tournament. Spackman astounded judges with her life-life portrayal of two immigrants from the fictitious country of Freedonia.

Junior Joel Berner pauses for a quick photo after being named Outstanding Attorney at the State Mock Trial tournament. Numerous judges commented on Berner's courtroom professionalism and ability to think quickly on his feet.

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