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Southeast Valley Middle School

Southeast Valley Middle School

30850 Paragon Ave., Burnside, IA 50521
Office (515) 359-2235
Office Fax (515) 359-2236

Basic Information

Grades: 5th - 8th
Enrollment: 330
Hours: 8:25 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Principal: Greg Slininger

Secretary: Beth Kisch
Secretary: Dana Housken

Guidance Counselor: Jenny Eckert

Nurse: Joann Lennon





Southeast Valley Middle School News


Southeast Valley Middle School Mock Trial Teams Compete at Regional Contest


On 6th November, three Middle School Mock Trial teams competed at the regional event in Mason City. The teams have been practicing for the competition since early September.

To participate in Mock Trial, a team must have a minimum of eight members who argue a court case from both sides. This year’s case was a criminal case. The fictional case revolved around a murder at a performing arts center in, of all places, Stratford. The defendant, Pibb St. Clair, was accused of murdering her business partner, Pepper Albertson. The case included six witnesses including the defendant.

To effectively participate in mock trial, team members play parts on both the prosecution and defense sides of this case. They learn correct protocol for courtroom behavior and have to be prepared to be challenged by the opposing team. Witnesses learn detailed statements. In this case, the witnesses varied in age and character. The challenge is for students to portray these witnesses and be in character throughout the trial.

Since the fictional murder happened just down the road from the school, the teams participated in an Amazing Race-style field trip early in October to “visit the scene of the crime.” The fictional case referenced real places in Hamilton County and the teams visited all of them.

At the regional competition a number of SV students received recognition as Outstanding Attorney or Outstanding Witness by the judges in their rooms. 

All-District Witness

Makenzie Coleman as Greer Guffman
Makenzie Coleman as Pibb St. Clair
Kannon Lynch as Shawn Schuyler
Lydia Bair as Greer Guffman


All-District Attorney

Rian Schlief on Prosecution
Rian Schlief on Defense
Oscar Hanson on Prosecution
Madelyn Farley on Prosecution

Brooke Peterson, Aubrey Sandstrom, Alex Goeders, Aliyah Weideman, Laila Christopherson, Lyra Lane, Ellie Carstens, Randi Clark. Not pictured: Taylor Willardson 

Front to back: Rian Schlief, Devynn Wilson, Drew Dorsey, Dax Maschino, Madelyn Farley, Mia Simonson Emilee Schnell, Blessing Cunigan

Back: JaiCe Jackson, Chloe Parks, Makenzie Coleman, Elsa Simonson, Gunnar Madson

Front: Kannon Lynch, Grace Bloomquist, Ryleigh McFarland, Alivia Anderson, Oscar Hanson




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