MMI Preparatory School juniors Allison McGeehan and Kevin Cibak and sophomores John Malay and Mahad Muhammad each won awards during the Pennsylvania Bar Association Mock Trial district competition at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.
McGeehan, the daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan of Drums, and Cibak, the son of James and Deidre Cibak of Sugarloaf, both won best advocate awards. Malay, the son of John and Kathryn Malay of Jim Thorpe, and Muhammad, the son of Ikram and Alia Muhammad of Mountaintop, were each crowned best witness. The winners were chosen by the opposing team.
The Mock Trial focused on an insurance dispute between Lilienthal Insurance and the Natural Habitat Preserve. Steven Yeager, a member of the Wisawe Hunt Club, led a hunt into restricted area of the preserve on September 27, 2014. As a result of Steven’s repeated incursions on restricted area of the preserve, Stacey Earhart flew a drone with a camera in the vicinity to get evidence against Steven.
After seeing Steven in the restricted area, Stacey Earhart, manipulating the drone’s flight from a nearby fire tower, swooped in to get evidence. The drone spooked Steven’s horse, which threw him off and paralyzed him for life. If the preserve was negligent, the insurance company pays for Steven’s injuries, but it this was an intentional act by an overzealous naturalist, then the preserve must pay and would likely close.
MMI, which was appearing in the Mock Trial competition for the 29th consecutive year, competed in the Region 5 District 2 event along with Dallas, Hanover Area, Hazleton Area, Holy Redeemer, Pittston Area, Tunkhannock and Wyoming Seminary. The Mock Trial district and regional playoffs will take place in March and the state championship will be held April 1-2.