Former DMS teacher and mock trial coach Peg Beatty is pictured with eighth grade students Cady Peterson and Leila Johnson, who were named Outstanding Attorneys at the 2016 state tournament. Beatty, who continues to coach mock trial on a volunteer basis, was inducted into the Mock Trial Educator Coach Hall of Fame at this year’s state awards ceremony. (Submitted photo)
Former DMS teacher and mock trial coach Peg Beatty is pictured with eighth grade students Cady Peterson and Leila Johnson, who were named Outstanding Attorneys at the 2016 state tournament. Beatty, who continues to coach mock trial on a volunteer basis, was inducted into the Mock Trial Educator Coach Hall of Fame at this year’s state awards ceremony. (Submitted photo)

Retired Decorah Middle School teacher Peggy Beatty was honored at this year’s mock trial state tournament awards ceremony as one of the first inductees into the Educator Coach Hall of Fame.In addition, three Decorah Middle School teams had strong performances at the State Mock Trial competition, bringing home two trophies and two outstanding performance medals.
Retired Decorah Middle School teacher Peggy Beatty was honored at this year’s mock trial state tournament awards ceremony as one of the first inductees into the Educator Coach Hall of Fame.

The eighth grade team Thunder won the sixth place trophy out of 34 teams, narrowly missing competing in the final four. In round three, after winning their first two rounds, one judge deemed Decorah the winner by three points and the other judge deemed eventual semi-finalist Harding Middle School the winner by 4 points. This resulted in Thunder placing sixth, narrowly missing the semi-final round by only one out of 300 possible points.

The eighth grade team Lightning decisively won two of three rounds, losing to eventual semi-finalists Harlan Middle School, to win the 12th place trophy.
The seventh grade team Objection won one of their three matches, facing stiff competition and garnering numerous nominations for outstanding performances.
Leila Johnson and Cady Peterson were honored with medals as outstanding attorneys. To earn this award, a student must be nominated by both judges as their top choice in a single round.
Many Decorah participants were nominated for outstanding honors, some by numerous judges.
Nominated as outstanding attorney were eighth graders Emma Brauer, Amber Hussain, Noah Lovelace, Anja Madsen, Emma Nierengarten and Cady Peterson; and seventh grader Dalton Hemesath.
Nominated as outstanding witness were eighth graders Emma Brauer, Sofie Grouws, Tyler Irwin, Leila Johnson, Noah Lovelace, Kaia Neal, David Olson and Cady Peterson; seventh graders Kolten Gossman, Karen Henriquez, Izaak Eichinger and Anya Lovstuen.

Beatty named Hall of Fame
Beatty was recognized by the Iowa Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates for her significant contribution to the Iowa Mock Trial program and for her vital role in teaching Iowa’s youth about the American justice system and the 7th Amendment to the Constitution.
Numerous DMS teachers, administrators and former students nominated Beatty for the award.
When her name was announced at the State Mock Trial awards ceremony, the three Decorah teams at the event spontaneously jumped up and gave her a standing ovation. Since her retirement as a teacher at Decorah Middle School, Beatty has volunteered every year as a mock trial coach.
“Peg has unflappable dedication to the success of the mock trial program. She faithfully works with students during and after school, judges scrimmages, and travels on the bus with teams to regional and state competitions,” commended Carole Sand, teacher of the DMS extended learning program.
“Her leadership definitely plays a huge role in our continued success with this worthwhile program.”
Decorah Middle School principal Leona Hoth added, “Peggy’s dedication and commitment to Mock Trial has made a tremendous impact on the program and in the lives of numerous middle school students. Our gratitude to her is immeasurable.”
The late Marion Beatty, who helped his wife Peggy start the mock trial program in Decorah, was also honored as a “friend of Mock Trial.” In commemoration of his contribution, starting in 2017, his name “Beatty” will each year be included as the first name of a character in every middle school mock trial case.