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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 Competes at State

The Southeast Valley Middle School Mock Trial team finished their season with two days at the state competition. To reach the state competition, the team won two rounds of competition at the regional contest in early November, finishing fourth overall at the 18-team tournament. Throughout the state, 160 mock trial teams participated in regional contests. Thirty-four of those teams advanced to the state competition. SV students had several weeks to refine their case in order to compete well on the 27th and 28th  at the state competition in Des Moines.

During the two-day contest, the Jags participated in three trials portraying prosecution twice and defense once. This year’s case was criminal. The defendant, Baskin Robinson, was accused of first degree robbery and first degree murder of a street musician at the Des Moines Farmers Market. The defendant claimed that the crime were committed by his manipulative friend who happened to be at the Market that same day. During the state contest, the SV team faced off against teams from Iowa City, Eddyville-Blakesburg and Harlan.

The team started working on this case in early September. On a mock trial team students learn to argue both sides of the case as they portray either lawyers or witnesses. For example, the same student who plays a lawyer on defense might portray a witness on prosecution. Those portraying lawyers must learn how to conduct themselves in a courtroom, how to properly enter evidence, how to object and how to respond to objections. Witnesses must learn their statements backwards and forwards so they can respond to cross-examination questions thrown at them by the other team. In short, there is an immense amount of information that students must learn and process in order to be successful. The students on this year’s theme were diligent in their study of the case materials and the courtroom protocol.

At Mock Trial contests, judges can nominate individual students as either Outstanding Attorneys or Outstanding Witnesses. Majesta Jordison who played witnesses on both sides of the case, was nominated by five of the six judges who saw her perform.

The teamwork displayed by the 38 middle school students who participated this season was exemplary and they should be commended for participating in one of the most rigorous academic programs in the country.


Back Row: Majesta Jordison, Jennifer Pigman, Tatum Crouse
Middle Row: Cecilia Redman, Chloe Hurtado, Mackenzie Lambert
Front Row: Reed Andrews, Caelan Oakes, Cooper Nuss

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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