Middle School Mock Trial Event Held at CL
Eighth Grade Team to STATE
Central Lyon hosted the Middle School Mock Trial Regional that saw 15 teams come to Rock Rapids for a chance to qualify to compete in the state event in the month of November. Central Lyon competed at both the seventh and eighth grade levels and went a combined 4-0. The eighth grade team qualified for State to be held in Des Moines November 14-15. Although we couldn’t have asked for a better record, the seventh grade will miss out on making it down to Des Moines.
Mr. Van Berkum has had much success in his program over the years both at the middle school and high school levels, but beyond the regional victories and state qualifiers; perhaps the biggest success has been the number of students he has had an impact on. He would tell you of his former team members, 7-10 of them went on to pursue a law degree, but the count is much higher for those he helped realize they were capable of succeeding in any field they chose to pursue. Mr. Van Berkum is set to retire this year from Central Lyon, but he won’t do so without being acknowledged for the many contributions he has made to our district; including our mock trial Program.