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Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Wins 22nd Annual Appellate Moot Court Competition

Monday, June 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Wins

22nd Annual Appellate Moot Court Competition

 

The 22nd Annual Virgin Islands High School Appellate Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the Virgin Islands Bar Association and Innovative Companies, was held on May 31 – June 2, 2016.  Eight schools participated in the competition this year, with a total of fourteen teams.  The participating schools from St. Croix were:  Good Hope Country Day School, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix Educational Complex High School, St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist School and St. Joseph Catholic High School.  The participating schools from St. Thomas were:  Charlotte Amalie High School, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, and St. Thomas Seventh-day Adventist School.

 

The competition provided an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors in our Territory to vie for scholarship prizes by presenting oral arguments in which they analyzed relevant legal issues in a mock appellate court proceeding.  Members of the VI Bar Association mentored the students, advising the teams regarding the substance and presentation of their arguments.  During the first two days of competition, each team presented their arguments to a three judge panel comprised of local attorneys who selected the top two teams from each district.  Today, the final day of competition, the selected teams presented their arguments before a three judge panel comprised of Justice Maria M. Cabret of the Supreme Court of the VI, Magistrate Judge Jessica Gallivan of the VI Superior Court, and Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon of the District Court of the VI.  This year the students were presented with a challenging hypothetical case involving a legal action for declaratory relief brought by Virgin Islanders asserting that the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person and applicable to Virgin Islanders under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.  The students were also treated to a Keynote Address by the VI Delegate to Congress, Stacey Plaskett, who applauded the students and the VI Bar Association for addressing important issues regarding the rights of residents of the U.S. Territories.  Additionally, Ms. Margaret W. Brown, a recently retired District Court Courtroom Deputy, was honored for her dedicated service to the Appellate Moot Court program.

 

The winners of the competition were the Appellant team from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School (pictured above L-R) comprised of Harmonie Hanley, Micaiah Bully, and Sherkquan Henry. The team was coached by teacher advisors Ilive Peltier and Kendra Vicars, and attorney advisors Amanda Warner, Esq., Gregory Adam Thorp, Esq., Carl Williams, Esq., and Melanie Turnbull, Esq.  Second Place went to the Appellant team from Good Hope Country Day School comprised of Aliyah Allick, Yuryssa Lewis, and Parisa Bradshaw.  The team was coached by teacher advisor Nancy Thatcher, and attorney advisors Pamela Colon, Esq., and Michael Rogers, Esq.  Third Place was awarded to the Appellee team from St. Croix Educational Complex High School comprised of Aaron Nickie, Shideya Parilla, and Amani Christopher.  The team was coached by teacher advisors Natasha Liburd, Florence Marsh, and Norda Munoz, and attorney advisors Carole Grant, Esq., and Akeel St. Jean, Esq.  And Fourth Place went to the Appellant team from Charlotte Amalie High School comprised of Rae’Niqua Victorine, K’Mari McClean, and Asel Mustafa.  The team was coached by teacher advisor Iambakisye Richardson, and attorney advisors Douglas Sprotte, Esq. and Alvincent Hutson II, Esq.  Awards for Best Oralist were presented to Aliyah Allick of Good Hope Country Day School and Sherkquan Henry of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School for the preliminary round, and Henry bested Allick by just one point to win best oralist of the final round.

 

Press Inquiries Contact: Ernest E. Morris Jr., Esq. at (340) 690-5373.


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