Wyoming Seminary Students Win Awards At Moot Court Competition

Twelve Wyoming Seminary students recently competed in the Princeton University Spring Moot Court Tournament, one of the largest and most prestigious moot court tournaments in the country and featuring nearly 80 teams from throughout the United States in this year’s competition.

The Sem students competed in six teams of two players each, and the team of seniors Alxis Boyle, Canadensis, and Salvadore Diaz, Duryea, placed fifth in the tournament, while the team of sophomores Samarth Desai, Shavertown, and Nicole Wert, Mountain Top, placed sixth. Freshman Garrett Gagliardi, Wilkes-Barre, and sophomore Richard Hughes, Mountain Top, placed eighth.

Boyle, Hughes and senior Christina Thomas of Drums also were recognized as top attorneys in the competition and received gavels in recognition of their outstanding individual achievement.

In addition, Wyoming Seminary was the only school in the tournament to place three teams in the top eight places, and all six teams in the top 16 places.

The Sem Moot Court team was advised by Sem teacher coach Adam Carlisle and attorney advisors Clancy Boylan, Esq., Fellerman & Ciarimboli, PC; Abigail M. Faett, Esq., Post & Schell, PC; Matthew Packard, Esq., clerk for Judge Richard M. Hughes; Guerline L. Laurore, Esq., P. C.; and Nicole M. Santo, Esq., Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC.

Moot court is a simulation of an appeals court or Supreme Court hearing in which student attorneys prepare and present oral arguments in front of a panel of judges.