ST. THOMAS, USVI –The Ivanna Eudora Kean High School won the 24th annual Virgin Islands High School Appellate Moot Court Competition on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The competition, sponsored by the Virgin Islands Bar Association, wrapped up its final rounds at the Virgin Islands District Court in St. Croix. Kean’s winning team was comprised of three juniors: Jahavheed George, Ki’Andre Thomas and Shania Farrington. George also took home the title of Best Orator.
Late Thursday evening, members of the Kean administration and supporters welcomed the champion team home in musical fanfare at the Cyril E. King Airport. With them, were their coach, St. Thomas – St. John District 2017 Teacher of the Year Kendra Vicars and assistant coach Keisha Hackett. The school’s attorney coach was Mark Kragel, Esq.
Kean’s Moot Court team placed first in the first round of competition held at the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands in Subbase, St. Thomas on Tuesday, May 1. They then advanced to the final rounds in St. Croix where they competed against teams from the St. Croix Central High School, Good Hope Country Day and the Antilles School.
Coach Kendra Vicars said she hand-picked students from her English class to be a part of the moot court team. “We often had debates and arguments in class and based on those, I selected the best candidates to be a part of the team,” said Vicars.
This year the case presented involved a petitioner whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, who challenged his company’s denial of his insurance claim. The case, relevant to the state of the territory post Hurricanes Irma and Maria, prompted the teams to study and review the Virgin Islands Code, and banking and insurance policies in the Territory.
Jahavheed George, voted Best Orator in the final round, said it felt “pretty great” to win the Moot Court competition. “This win took a lot of reading, studying, and late nights practicing, so I’m glad it paid off,” said George.
Ki’Andre Thomas shared the same sentiments about the victory and added that he felt their team was “well prepared,” for the judges rounds of questions. Both gentlemen agreed that being a part of the Appellate Moot Court competition was a great experience and they would join the team next year. When asked if they were interested in studying law post high school, they both answered in the negative.
The St. Croix Central High team placed second in the competition; the Good Hope Country Day and the Antilles School placed third and fourth, respectively.