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Abby is a senior 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.
Delaney is a pre-law senior 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.
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Ellen is a senior 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
3 years in UIMT
Ellie is a senior 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.
Isabelle is a senior 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.”
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Michelle is currently a senior 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.
Tarentino is a senior 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
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Brianna is a junior 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.
Shaffer is a junior who is currently an Ethics & Public Policy 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!
Tess Paxson is a sophomore at the University of Iowa and is majoring in Criminology, Law and Justice with a Pre-Law designation and a Political Science minor. She has been involved in Mock Trial since 7th grade and is thrilled to continue on a collegiate level. When not found at the law building, Tess is most likely hanging out with friends, napping, convincing her big sister to take her to Goodwill, eating kettle corn, or flexing on her kendama (look it up). Tess hopes to attend the University of Iowa College of Law and become a criminal prosecutor.
Liam is a junior 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.
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Ciara is a junior majoring in Economics and Ethics & Public Policy. She hasn’t done Mock Trial before but joined because she is interested in going to law school. When not at mock trial you can find her on a run around campus, she’ll do her best to give you a wave. She also loves rock climbing, hummus, and rainy days.
Hannah Johnson is a Spanish and International Human Rights major at the University of Iowa. She attempted a lot of different sports throughout high school, but failed to succeed in any of them. So, with a lack of depth perception and a mediocre attitude, she found her place on a mock trial team since middle school. Hannah spends most of her free time hanging out with friends, watching movies, and stress eating over any minor inconvenience:)
Jenna is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying History and Secondary Education on the Social Sciences track, but she switches what she wants to be when she grows up every other week so this will probably change. In her free time, Jenna likes to hang out with her friends, listen to music, watch Netflix, or scroll through Twitter while avoiding all her responsibilities. She is also on the never ending quest of finding the perfect Chai latte. She joined Mock Trial because she needed a competitive outlet and she’s been told she needs to stop starting arguments for fun. Plus the people are super nice!
Katie is a sophomore majoring in environmental policy. In the future, she sees herself trying to help save our dying earth. Katie has never done mock trial before and her high school just got a mock trial program this year. She’s really mad about it because she would’ve done it but she’s glad she gets to for the next four years at Iowa! Katie likes politics, rain, to hang out with friends and family, to sleep, listen to music, and dance.
Maggie is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English and minoring in German. She is currently on the pre-law track and hopes to attend law school out East. She joined mock trial in hopes of getting better at public speaking and better understanding the trial process. When she's not working at her favorite place, Catlett Marketplace, she enjoys listening to classic rock, rewatching SNL sketches, and hanging out with friends.
Rachael McNerney is a sophomore from Des Moines, IA studying Ethics and Public Policy. This is her 8th year competing in mock trial. In her free time, Rachael enjoys taking baths, going to concerts, petting every cat she meets, and not thinking about mock trial.
Zach is a sophomore at the University of Iowa who is majoring in political science and economics. He spends most of his time hanging out with friends, playing sports, watching movies, and skiing. He was involved in 4 sports in high school, but baseball has always been his favorite. He’s an avid Cardinals and Parks and Rec fan, and he believes that LeBron is the best player to ever play the game.
Caroline is a junior 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.
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.”