The Carbondale Area Mock Trial team was victorious in its first-round trial vs. Dunmore on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Federal Courthouse in Scranton. The team, representing the plaintiff, proved that a private school in fictional Wisawe, Pennsylvania was responsible for the mental breakdown of one of its former students for failure to provide her the assistance that she needed in the face of a cyberbullying campaign.
At the trial, Cora Heenan was named best advocate and Mia Perri was named best witness.
Perri, grade 10, enjoyed performing as a witness.
“This is my second year as part of the mock trial team,” Perro said. “It’s a really fun experience, and what I learn about public speaking as I participate is so useful. The competition was fierce between the two schools. I think we came out on top because our students were just so convincing. At this point, I’m not certain about a career choice, but this whole experience does make being a lawyer look pretty exciting.”
Members of this year’s team include: seniors Declan Caviston, Cora Heenan (co-captain), Esyyah Pitts, Jasmine Rogers and Jarred Rosar (co-captain); junior, Erin McHale; sophomores, Alyssa Cosklo, Elizabeth Pantoja and Mia Perri; and freshmen, Sophie Crozier and Emily Seymour.
The teacher coach is Carm Perri and the attorney advisor is Attorney Deb Rothenberg.