Head Coach: Ryan Seelau
Executive Board 2018-19
Megan is a senior majoring in Geoscience and English. How these two things are related at all is an absolute mystery to almost everyone, but she hopes to someday attend graduate school in the wake of this terrible mess. That, or she’ll just hide in the woods and never come out. In her free time, Megan likes to play with rocks, pretend she’s on the Great British Baking Show, and say hello to dogs on the street. If you think that using single-use plastic water bottles is an okay way to fly, you and Megan may or may not be mortal enemies, because turtles and dolphins deserve to have a good time too.
Abby is a junior majoring in Microbiology and plans on attending medical school, with the hope of one day becoming a pediatrician. Hopefully, she’ll get to study abroad next year and finally figure out if those five years of Spanish were worth it. She joined mock trial because, according to her family, she loves to argue, and she figured she might as well channel that into something constructive. You can usually find her stressing out over a chemistry exam or hiding in a bookstore. Or both.
Tarentino is a Junior who is studying Ethics and Public Policy, with a criminology minor. Tarentino had no idea what Mock Trial was before coming to the University of Iowa, but he is very glad he discovered it and got involved. Now, he enjoys cooking, hanging out with friends, and listening to live music. Go follow Tarentino on twitter! @Taren_Vacanti
Emma is a freshman at the University of Iowa studying Psychology and Political Science. She decided to join Mock Trial because she enjoyed it during high school and loves anything competitive. You can often find Emma drinking way too much coffee or cuddling her cats.
Adam is a freshman who is currently double majoring in Finance and Philosophy. He hopes to one day attend to law school or graduate school. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and watching basketball, football, and soccer. This is his first time doing mock trial, but it certainly will not be the last. He joined mock trial because he always wanted to do it in high school, but never had the time for it. He likes to live his life by the words of the great Harvey Specter “I don't have dreams, I have goals. Now it's on to the next one.”
I am a pre-law and international studies major with a minor in psychology and sociology. I want to travel the world one day working with children and save the animal wildlife. I am from Kankakee, Illinois. I am a cat mom to the best cat in the world. My sister is my best friend. She is my motivation to work hard and fight for my goals. Also, I love football and will scream at the top of my lungs for the Hawkeyes. #GoHawks
Nathan is a freshman at the University of Iowa who’s been directly admitted to the Tippie College of Business, planning on majoring in Accounting. Nathan is also on the pre-law track. Nathan was a jock in high school, being the captain of his high school football
team, so Mock Trial is a new concept. Nathan decided to do Mock Trial for the first time because he hopes to go on to law school and become a Business Attorney. That and his mom thought he would make a good lawyer. You can find Nathan in the gym, at Hawkeye
football games and wrestling matches, or in his dorm studying and drinking Rockstar. People call him “Chad.”
Shaffer is a freshman who is currently an open major on the Pre-Law track. When she's not at Mock Trial, she loves laughing, napping, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and listening to music. Shaffer joined Mock Trial because she likes to argue, and to look good in a suit while doing so. If you want to be her friend, talk to her about Harry Potter or tell her a dad joke!
Andrea is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and minoring in Chinese. She joined mock trial because she has been doing it since 7th grade and still hasn’t gotten enough of the mental breakdowns that come with it. When Andrea isn’t stressing about Chinese, working, practicing mock, procrastinating all her homework, you can find her sleeping, eating, or petting the nearest dog.
Hello, my name is Ameera Yousuf. I'm from Marion, Iowa. I'm a Pre-Law Criminology major and I hope to become a lawyer in the future. Some of my interests are horror movies, true crime, and make-up.
Brianna is a freshman who is studying criminology, law, and justice on a Pre-Law track. Before joining the mock trial team she had never done mock trial before, but is really enjoying it. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, hanging out with friends, and Netflix. She knows that this is completely unrelated, but doesn't know what else to write and thought ending with a fun fact was appropriate. A fun fact about her is she is a quadruplet.
Liam is a freshman at the University of Iowa planning to study both Business Management and Physics. He spends most of his time watching hockey, but is also very interested in classic rock, space, and South Park. Liam has experience in both Track and Speech in high school. Liam joined Mock Trial because he loves to argue, is great at improvising, and is also considering studying law. He also needed a reason to dress up again.
Caroline is a freshman majoring in English. There was a point in her life when she didn’t do mock trial, but since that was before middle school, it doesn’t really count. She loves to read and write (shocking, given her major) and is currently struggling to find room for more books in her dorm. When she isn’t studying, working on mock trial, or trying to sneak a nap, she’s probably jamming to music, petting an animal, or daydreaming.
Tia is a freshman majoring in International Relations and French with a goal of attending law school. She enjoys junk food way too much, and working out way too little. Tia prefers to avoid her problems (and her midterms) by watching movies, jamming to terrible music, and drinking milkshakes. If she had to pick one superpower, it would be telekinesis, a topic she would happily discuss with anyone, anytime.
Thomas is a sophomore who changes his major every other week. He joined Mock Trial because, after a series of labral tears, he could no longer competitively play rugby, and mock trial sounded like fun. He’s also a compulsive procrastinator, believes Kanye West is the greatest artist of the last century, and despite being from St. Louis, has a borderline obsession with the Toronto Raptors.
Ellen is a junior 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 sophomore 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 sophomore 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 junior 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 sophomore 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 junior at the University of Iowa. She is pursuing a double major in International Studies and Ethics and Public Policy. Outside of mock trial, she loves pretending she can bake and getting emotionally attached to shows on Netflix. You're most likely to find her in the library color coding her planner and calling it a day. She made the decision to join Mock Trial because she can't resist a good argument and stayed because the people are amazing.
Rohan is a sophomore, 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.
Travis Siegel is a sophmore at the University of Iowa. He is getting a double major in Political Science & History, declared pre law. He likes to smile, laugh, and have a good time. If you don’t like smiling, laughing, or having a good time, he probably doesn't want to talk to you. Life is short, live it. :)
Adam Darr is a third year student at the University of Iowa. He is currently pursuing a major in Accounting, with hopes of becoming a CPA someday. But who knows if he will ever get to live his dream. You see Adam is a very small boy. He cannot see over tall objects or reach the cabinet over the fridge. In all honesty no one knows if it will work out for Adam Darr.
Delaney is a pre-law junior majoring in Anthropology and International Studies with a human rights focus. She’s been in mock trial since seventh grade, and it’s always been a very important part of her life, so she decided to continue in college. A fun fact about Delaney is that she lived in Bolivia for a year and is fluent in Spanish.
Borden is an English and Creative Writing major at the University of Iowa. They
Isabelle is a junior studying Global Health and Ethics & Public Policy. She’s had over eight different majors since coming to the University of Iowa, so hopefully she sticks with these two. Isabelle spends her time searching for sleep, sanity, and coffee. She decided to join Mock Trial when she read a sign on a cambus that said, “If you are always right and you absolutely rock a suit, this is your call to join Mock trial.”
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
Cait is a University of Iowa alumni, an English major who studied 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
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.
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 now teaches high school math in Muscatine, Iowa. 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.
Andrew is a law student and competed for UIMT for three years (2013-2016). He likes watching all sports (except baseball) and loves playing them too (including baseball) as well as the ESPN Fantasy variations of them (except baseball). An Iowa native, he comes from a big family and enjoys spending his time with them. He also likes watching classic movies, doing impersonations, working out, and playing video games. He lives by the phrase, “Rule #1: I’m number one.”