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Middle School Mock Trial Event Held at CL

Eighth Grade Team to STATE

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491854a8d8bbf2016-2017 Mock Trial Teams
2015-2016 7th grade team.
2015-2016 8th grade team at state.
2016-2017 Mock Trial Teams

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.

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491854a8d8bbfEighth Grade Team
Eighth Grade Team
There is no doubt, mock trial is a fun activity and event for all those participating and those spectating, however, Saturday’s event was even more noteworthy because it was the last home event for our coach, Mr. Terry Van Berkum. Coach Van Berkum has been synonymous with the Central Lyon Mock Trial program for the past 26 years and this first quarter has been much of the same for Van Berkum preparing Central Lyon seventh and eighth graders to be at their best for the annual regional competition. Working around a multitude of other student activities, coach Van Berkum often used early morning practices and end of the day study halls to best educate and prepare his mock trial competitors.
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491854a8d8bbfSeventh Grade Team
Seventh Grade Team

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.