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Competing in Monday's Iowa Bar Association Central District Mock Trial contest in Des Moines were PHS students, from left, Sarah Sweet, Alicia Calderon, Janet Ortiz, Hannah Sackett, Mariah McNamara, Devon Archer, Ellie Nielsen, Samantha Paulin, Heaven VanDorn and Vivian Gonzalez. Photo courtesy Perry Community School District

The Perry High School Mock Trial team competed in the Iowa Bar Association Central District Mock Trial contest Feb. 29 in Des Moines at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, formerly known as the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Team members included attorneys Alicia Calderon, Ellie Nielsen, Hannah Sackett, Heaven VanDorn, Sarah Sweet and Samantha Paulin and witnesses Janet Ortiz, Vivian Gonzalez, Mariah McNamara, Devon Archer and Sarah Sweet.

PHS students competed in trials against students from Waukee and Urbandale. Final results and ratings are pending.

The mock trials are judged by practicing judges, attorneys and law students from around Iowa. Students are rated on their ability to accurately and credibly portray witnesses and attorneys.

The PHS Mock Trial team is directed by Perry attorney Mark Powell, PHS history instructor Eddie Diaz and PHS Student Activities and Services Director Tom Lipovac.

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