Cait is a senior, an English major studying medieval literature, she has several Lord of the Rings tattoos, a cat named Pippin, and she plays the bagpipes. When she’s not doing mock trial, she's either at the gym or...at the gym. She has come to blows over the Oxford comma before. She’s obsessed with mock trial because she likes to hear herself talk, and because suits are sexy. “There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.” -Leslie Knope
Rachel is technically a senior, but basically she has enough credits to graduate with every single degree the university offers. Rachel is majoring in Engineering and she is literally the smartest person in UIMT by far. Rachel's role in mock trial is to be the unappreciated genius and do the 'Jim from the Office' face to an imaginary camera when her mock family are being hooligans.
Tian is a junior, double majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication and Physics. She is also minoring in art because she loves photography. Tian does nearly everything for fun, including mock trial. Other than photography and books, the third important thing in her life is food. That might be the only fun fact about her: while most people eat to live, Tian lives to eat.
Rachel is a sophomore majoring in English and Cinema. Her dad, mom, and sister all attended the University of Iowa, and no, that is not why she chose to come here too. Rachel enjoys spending late nights watching the Harry Potter movies and eating ice cream twice a day. When she has a free weekend to return home to Ottumwa, Iowa, Rachel passes the time by excessively snapchatting pictures of her cats. She hates skim milk, which is water lying about being skim milk. Rachel loves to argue, especially about fictional legal cases, and meeting awesome people, making Mock Trial the perfect fit for her at Iowa.
Mikayla is a junior majoring in Philosophy and Political Science, as well as pursuing a minor in Portuguese. She has no idea why she chose these disciplines or how she will turn them into a viable career. Mikayla loves Led Zeppelin, The Walking Dead, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, If you also like any of these things, you and Mikayla can be friends. Mikayla stumbled upon Mock Trial auditions one day and now finds herself enjoying the activity way more than she anticipated, mostly because she likes surrounding herself with passive-aggressive geniuses. Mikayla’s idols in life are Snoop Dogg and Emily Gilmore.
Alyssa is a third-year law student at the University of Iowa. Originally from Spencer, Iowa, she joined mock trial in seventh grade and has been involved in the activity ever since. After competing for Iowa Mock Trial for four years, she has enjoyed the opportunity to stay active in the program as an assistant coach. She is currently a writer for the Iowa Law Review and enjoys competing in Appellate Advocacy. One of her favorite mock trial memories is competing at the National Tournament in Washington, D.C., where she got to see Justice Elena Kagan speak.
Jake is now in his fifth year at Iowa. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics and is now finishing up his M.A.T. in Secondary Education. He went to Ottumwa High School in southeast Iowa where he was first coached in public speaking by UIMT alumna Melissa Carpenter. Jake loves escaping the real world by reading sci-fi novels and exploring the cosmos as a space cowboy. In fact, Jake is still waiting for the day that a wise old hermit teaches him the ways of the Jedi, but for now he’ll settle for the new Star Wars movies. Besides making friends and traveling, Jake enjoys mock trial because it helps him build his public speaking and critical thinking skills so that he can be a great teacher.
Samantha graduated with a double major in elementary education and psychology and middle school endorsements in math and social studies. Now she teaches sixth grade at Solon Middle School. She likes basically everything your typical white girl would like - Starbucks, Netflix, shopping at Goodwill, and Instagramming all of the above. She also has a penchant for procrastination (ie this was due ten minutes ago). She joined mock trial because she needed an outlet for public speaking; apparently, talking aloud to oneself does not count.