MGC MOCK MEDIATION TEAMS EXCEL IN TOURNAMENTS
(Cochran, GA) – Two MGC teams captained by Dylan John and coached by Dr. Peter Makaya, a Registered Mediator whose license is issued by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolutions (GODR), participated in the Brenau Regional Invitational Tournament, held on October 5-6, 2012. At the Tournament the two teams claimed 3rd and 4th places out of 16 participating teams. The 3rd Place Team included Dylan John (Captain), Mario Watson, Alana Thygesen, and the 4th Place Team included Kavan Marambe, Petter Ersbo, and Deanna Thompson.
MGC Mock Mediation Teams also participated in the 2012 Georgia State University Mock Mediation “Peacemaking” Tournament, held on October 12. The Tournament was held in conjunction with the 2012 GSU Conflict Resolution Symposium. At the GSU Tournament Dylan John, Team Captain, and Clayton Currier claimed the award for 3rd place Peace Maker, and Alana Thygesen, Aaron Stephens, and Clayton Currier claimed the award for 1st place Client/Advocate.
A Mock mediation team is made up of three members who alternate their roles as Mediators, Advocates and Clients during the Tournament.
Mediation is a process in which third party neutrals, called Mediators, facilitate the process of resolving conflicts between parties. The mock mediation tournament encourages students to engage in this very beneficial form of conflict resolution. Students in diverse areas of study are exposed to the mediation process and peacemaking skills that are intended to enhance their self-confidence and creativity.
The MGC teams are now preparing for the National Invitational Tournament in Gainesville, Georgia. The Tournament is scheduled for November 1 -3. The two teams hope to excel at this Tournament in order to qualify for the International Mock Mediation Tournament to be held in Dubai, UAE, in January, 2013.