The PHS Mock Trial Workforce competes in digital litigation

The 2021 PHS Mock Trial Team consists of Faculty Advisor Tom Lipovac and Litigation Attorneys Zoe Hibbert, Riley Sergent, Kaylee Wübker, Sophia McDevitt, Dalton Scott, Amy Aguirre, Aidyn Hood and Lily Riley, and Faculty Advisor Darcy Spellman, from left. Faculty Advisor AnneMarie McDevitt Esq. is not shown. Photo courtesy PCSD

The PHS Mock Trial Team consists of Amy Aguirre, Zoe Hibbert, Sophia McDevitt and Lilly Riley in the first row from the left; back row from left, Riley Sergent, Kaylee Wuebker, Dalton Scott and Aidyn Hood. Photo courtesy PCSD

The Perry High School mock trials team entered the Iowa State Bar Association’s 2021 virtual mock trials competition on March 3.

The PHS team represented the plaintiff in competition with state qualifier Des Moines Roosevelt, and the team represented the defendant in the second round against Shenandoah.

Perry High School finished the preliminary round with a record of 1-1, scoring more points than the Shenandoah High School team. The state tournament will take place from March 23rd to March 26th.

The Perry High School Mock Trial Team consists of:

● Dalton Scott (Witness) – Outstanding Defense Witness nomination *
● Lily Riley (lawyer)
● Kaylee Wuebker (lawyer) – nomination as outstanding defense attorney *
● Aidyn Hood (lawyer)
● Sophia McDevitt (attorney / witness) – nomination of an outstanding defense attorney *
● Riley Sergent (Attorney / Witness) – Outstanding Defense Witness nomination *
● Amy Aguirre (witness)
● Zoe Hibbert (witness)

* Based on the judges’ ratings

The PHS Mock Trial Team is advised by lawyer Anne Marie McDevitt, Darcy Spellman and Tom Lipovac.

Mock trials competitions are judged by actual judges, attorneys, and law students.

● Teams are awarded credit for their ability to effectively portray the roles of attorneys and witnesses while engaging in the courtroom and demonstrating critical thinking skills.
● Teams with 2-0 records / the highest performance scores will advance to the state playoff round and possibly the state tournament.
● The competition is a one-class system that includes high schools with a wide range of enrollments.

Mock Trial is designed to introduce students to our legal system through a challenging academic competition. The program offers students the opportunity to develop personally and achieve achievement, emphasizing the importance of research, presentation and teamwork.

In addition to educating students on current public issues and the legal system, the program encourages teachers and students to develop learning partnerships with professionals in the community.

More than 1,600 students from all over Iowa attended last year. The tournament includes students from social science courses, TAG programs, risk classes, and extracurricular mock trial clubs.

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