Once again this year, the Carbondale Area Mock Trial team will compete in the Lackawanna County Bar Association’s annual mock trial competition. The event took place at both the county and federal courthouses in Scranton on January 29 and Wednesday February 6.

Students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and compete against other area schools. This year’s case is a criminal case involving the opioid drug crisis. A doctor is on trial for prescribing a strong painkiller that interacted with another medication and led to the death of a patient. Carbondale will compete both as the defense and as the prosecution during the next several weeks.

Members of this year’s team are:

Seniors: Anna Allen, Calista Calabro, Kristina Gorel, Madison Hayner (captain), Madison Moase (captain), Kianna Savage, Kaitlyn Shockey (captain)

Juniors: Declan Caviston, Cora Heenan, Jarred Rosar

Freshmen: Alyssa Cosklo, Mia Perri

Teacher Coach is Mr. Carm Perri

Attorney Advisors are Deb Rothenberg and John Martin

Jarred Rosar, a junior at CA, said: “The case itself has a lot of twists and turns which makes it both interesting and challenging.

"I play the attorney for the defense making the argument in the doctor’s favor. We are a strong team with many returning members and should do well in the upcoming competitions. I’ve participated in Mock Trial for the past 3 years and it’s always been something I so look forward to. I look forward to it again next year.”