Justice Served at the Blue and White Courtroom Classic

Attorneys going over scores after tournament (L to R: Brent McNeal, Molly Harris, Chloe Makdad)

Tyrone’s Mock Trial A-Team made history this past weekend by placing in a major Mock Trial tournament for the first time ever. The team participated in the 3rd annual Blue and White Courtroom Classic hosted by the college level Penn State Mock Trial team. Sixteen teams argued Pennsylvania’s 2018 Mock Trial Case, Silva Morel vs Tiger Tail Technologies (TTT).

Of all of the competing teams, Tyrone Area High School came out of the tournament with a third-place trophy and high spirits. Senior Chloe Makdad also won an individual award for best attorney.

“It was such a great honor to be recognized as a school after working so hard over the past four years.” said senior A-team attorney Chloe Makdad.

“I could not be more proud of Chloe. Three straight tournaments she has won best attorney awards and it is all thanks to her hard work and dedication to the team. She is truly our leader.” said A-team coach Todd Cammarata.

The tournament was a Blair country sweep, with three placing school districts: Central, Altoona, and Tyrone.

Central finished in second with the same record as Tyrone. They received second place based on strength of schedule.  Altoona placed first in the tournament.

It was such a great honor to be recognized as a school after working so hard over the past four years

— Chloe Makdad

The 2018 year case revolves around a former intern Silva Morel, who has been fired for one of two reasons. Either for whistleblowing over the company corrupt practices or for being an unsatisfactory employee.

The team is pleased with their progress so far, but they know that to get further they need to continue to improve.

“It’s amazing to see how much the team had grown since just my freshman year, let alone when it first started. We barely had enough to fill one team my freshman year, now were overshooting two teams!” said senior A-team witness Zack Webster.