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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 Team Heads to State

On 2 November, four Middle School Mock Trial teams competed at the regional event in Clear Lake. The “Magic”  team, made up of a combination of 7th and 8th graders, earned a berth to the state tournament. The teams have been practicing for the competition since early September.

To participate in Mock Trial a team must have a minimum of seven members who argue a court case from both sides. This year’s case is a murder case. The defendant is Baskin Robinson. Baskin Robinson was a member of the Dominos, a group of street magicians in Des Moines. On June 27, 2015, a street musician named Beatty Wiese was performing at the Des Moines Farmers Market. Baskin is accused of robbing Beatty and killing her. The prosecution has to convince the jury that Baskin is guilty. The defense has to convince the jury that there is reasonable doubt to convict Baskin.

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 defendant herself is a witness.

At the regional competition a number of SV students were nominated as Outstanding Attorney or Outstanding Witness by the judges in their rooms. Those nominated as Outstanding Witness are as follows:

Reed Andrews
Ethan Buenting
Paige Weiland

Majesta Jordison, Makenzie Coleman and Gunnar Madson were nominated by both judges in their rooms and will receive an award for Outstanding Witness.

Those nominated as Outstanding Attorney are as follows:
Jennifer Pigman
Tatum Crouse
Alivia Anderson

Oscar Hanson was nominated by both judges in his rooms and will receive an award for Outstanding Attorney.

The “Magic” team has several weeks to further refine and polish their performances and arguments before taking part in the state competition in Des Moines on November 27th and 28th.

Members of the state-bound team are Tatum Crouse, Reed Andrews, Chloe Hurtado, Jennifer Pigman, Cooper Nuss, Caelan Oakes, Majesta Jordison, Cecilia Redmanm and Mackenzie Lambert.

back: Mackenzie Lambert, Cecilia Redman, Majesta Jordison, Jennifer Pigman, Tatum Crouse
front: Caelan Oakes, Cooper Nuss, Reed Andrews, Chloe Hurtado

Nate Scott, Corrie Warner, Kyle Johnson, Ethan Buenting, Gavin Weier
front: Cael Stapp, Chloe Speck

8 Shades of Awesome:
back: Hane Sorenson, Meranda Hemmestad, Makenzie Coleman, Creighton Urban, Trevor Dorman
front: Maliah Scully, Brylie Butrick, Trevor Moreland, Iris Stimpson

Houdin's Wand:
Back: Oscar Hanson, Maverick Dorman, Brylie Butrick, Paige Weiland, Aiden Hubbard
Front: Chloe Parks, Gunnar Madson, Dalton Crouse


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