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Academic Co-curricular

The Independent School has a strong history in Academic Co-curricular competitions. A number of repeat state titles in Debate, Mock Trial, and Forensics demonstrate the hard work and dedication of our talented students and faculty. Each year, new students have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge through competition on a national stage.

Academic Co-curricular

Scholars’ Bowl (6th - 12th Grade)

Upper School Coach

Jeff Skinner

Middle School Coaches

Dave McIntire
Elizabeth Brosius 

Scholars’ Bowl is a competition in which teams of four or five students answer questions from the general categories including world language, social science, language arts, mathematics, science/health, fine arts, and current events. 

Academic Co-curricular

Debate (9th - 12th Grade)

Coach

John Steere 

Debate is a co-curricular activity in the fall semester. As a KSHSAA activity, students can letter in debate and can compete for a KSHSAA state championship. In class, students learn and practice debating and earn elective credits toward graduation.

Academic Co-curricular

Mock Trial (9th - 12th Grade)

Coach

John Steere

Mock Trial is an extracurricular activity in the spring semester. The mock trial competition is run by the Kansas Bar Association in Kansas and nationally by the National High School Mock Trial Association. In Mock Trial, teams of six to eight students act as lawyers and witnesses to try a case based on witness statements provided prior to the competition. The students try the case against students from other schools in a real courtroom. They are judged in competition by real judges and practicing attorneys.

Mock Trial is coached by John Steere, who also teaches social studies and coaches debate. Mr. Steere was a litigation attorney for 11 years at law firms in both Kansas City and Wichita and uses his legal training to help hone the analytical and courtroom skills of the mock trial participants.

Independent has won the State Championship in Mock Trial eight years in a row competing against 5A and 6A teams and has gone on to represent the State at the National Mock Trial Championship.

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