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, majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication and Art. Tian does nearly everything for fun, including mock trial. Other than photography and books, the third important thing in her life is
Ellen is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying criminology, law, and justice for no apparent reason. In her free time, Ellen enjoys watching Netflix, drinking coffee, procrastinating very important tasks, giving love to stray cats, and pondering the meaning of life. She isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up yet, but it seems every day she finds another thing she doesn’t want to do. Ellen joined
Ellie is a freshman planning on studying Criminology, Law, and Justice and she plans to go to law school after she finishes her undergraduate degree. She joined Mock Trial because she's really competitive and loves being dramatic so Mock Trial just seemed like the best of both worlds! Ellie's hobbies include procrastinating papers until the last minute and coloring adult coloring books as a stress reliever. She likes to work out but always rewards herself with a smoothie every time. Ellie's pet peeves are when people overuse the word "like" in a sentence and when people sit right next to her on an empty bus.
Faith is a freshman who has been a political science major since she was in third grade, despite her best efforts to escape. She’ll probably add more on to that because she heard law schools don’t accept video essays anymore. She joined mock trial because she wants to be able to argue things in person as well as she can on paper, but mostly it's because when she gets excited she accidentally interrupts people and she heard you can get away with it in mock trial if you say “objection.” A fun fact about Faith is that she can tell you many fun facts.
Kristen is currently a sophomore majoring in International Relations on pre-law track. She joined Mock Trial because she is on a quest to be more witty and interesting. Despite her denial, Kristen has many special skills which include making weird sounds and being humble. She's also very persuasive as she convinced Faith to write this for her.
Mason is a freshman majoring in International Relations and Criminology, Law, and Justice. He hopes to use these majors to become an International Attorney after law school and protect the world's cultures by promoting understanding and knowledge. Mason joined Mock Trial because he enjoys showing off in a suit.
Michelle is currently a sophomore at the University of Iowa. She is pursuing a double major in International Studies and Ethics and Public Policy. She loves dogs, dessert, and getting emotionally attached to shows on Netflix. You're most likely to find her in a library or bookstore complaining about something or someone (probably you) to herself. She made the decision to join Mock Trial in an over
Rohan is a Freshman, majoring in Computer Science. There isn't a particular reason he joined in Mock Trial besides the advertisements in chalk he saw on the sidewalk while walking to his classes.
Serena is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying Political Science and Philosophy. Serena sees law school in her future and decided that Mock Trial would help enhance her speaking skills, formulate stronger argumentation skills, and give her a better picture of what working in a law field would look like. Serena also wanted to meet some new people and has certainly met some great people who are just as argumentative as she is since joining mock trial. In her free time, Serena enjoys reading a good book as well as playing and listening to music. You may spot Serena frantically dashes across campus running late to her next class, meeting, or engagement.
Travis is a freshman at the University of Iowa studying Theater Art. He has been dedicating his life to method acting a combination of all the greatest characters; Michael Scott, Fonzie, and David S. Pumpkins. He joined mock trial because he was promised that he could perfect this character while winning awards.
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.
Jake competed for UIMT in 2013 - 2017. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics and earned his M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics Education. He went to Ottumwa High School in southeast Iowa where he was first coached in public speaking by UIMT alumna Melissa Carpenter. Jake can't get enough mock trial as he also coaches for Muscatine High School and West Middle School in Muscatine where he teaches high school math. In the small amount of free time that he finds, Jake loves to play piano and read anything that involves science-fiction or math. He is what some people might call an obsessive bibliophile as he is always buying more books than he can possibly read. 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.