R-S 7th/8th grade students attend mock trial competition
Mock Trial is designed to introduce students to our legal system by providing a challenging, academic competition. Students in grades 7th and 8th had the opportunity to experience how a courtroom works by preparing a case and performing the case at the regional competition held at NIACC in Mason City on November 11th. The case preparation took several weeks. Students learned the rules of procedures and rules of evidence and applied them to the trial as they performed the case. By the end of the program, students had grown their understanding of the trial concept and now have better skills emphasizing the importance of research, presentation, and teamwork.
Again this year the Roland-Story 7th and 8th grade had an exceptional number of students participating in the mock trial. The large number of students brought many challenges, as well as rewards, to the mock trial experience. The eighth grade teams showed a lot of growth from the previous year. One 8th grade team advanced to the state competition on November 17th and 18th. The seventh grade teams showed dedication and promise that will help them next year. With this year now complete, the middle school students look forward to next year with much expectation and anticipation.