Meet Our Family Alison Chan St. Paul’s Convent School Hong Kong Empire was the best and most worthwhile experience in my high school life… Thanks to Empire, we achieved the HK Championship. Amandeep Singh Tottenville High School Staten Island, NY, USA Empire taught me that… civility and collegiality are skills that one must learn to exercise in day to day activities. Andrew O’Beid Green Point Christian College Green Point, New South Wales, AUS Empire is the ultimate experience to indulge your passion for public speaking, advocacy, and the law! Camile Wyss Dos Pueblos High School Goleta, California, USA Empire is the only competition that I have been to where the friends I made there were as good as the competition. Charlene Ochogo Lincoln High School Tallahassee, FL, USA [Empire] quite literally changed my life... I don't remember how many points I scored, only how much fun I had. Christy Gregg Dalriada School Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK The high degree of skepticism and analysis that are essential in the courtroom, are easily transferable to the hospital ward. Elizabeth Hribal La Reina High School Thousand Oaks, CA, USA Public speaking was really difficult for me... overcoming my fear of [it] and learning to speak eloquently and assertively... gave me the confidence necessary to succeed in... mock trial. Emily Walker Our Lady's College Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland I was challenged… to think on the spot in a completely new way and to argue effectively... [the Empire] was worth every minute of the hard work necessary. Erica Arensmann Glenwood Springs High School Glenwood, CO, USA From the opening ceremonies to the nighttime cruise, you are given endless opportunities to meet teams from around the world and become closer with your own. Erin Engelmann William Floyd High School Mastic Beach, NY, USA The Empire family is something you’re always a part of no matter how far you go or how long you’ve been gone. Greene Ko Hanyoung Foreign Language School Seoul, South Korea The Empire is three days of hard work, a new experience, and great fun. Hannah Thomas CSTHEA Chattanooga, TN, USA Empire was the highlight of my high school years... the competition, the atmosphere, everything about [it] is electrifying. Jennifer Milazzo Xavier College Preparatory Phoenix, AZ, USA The Empire is an opportunity to develop and refine valuable skills that... will make a significant difference in your professional pursuits. Jessica Reilly Our Ladys College Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland Being involved in the Empire gave me great confidence and belief in myself that I could actually stand up, speak out and express myself. Jessica Torriano Mentor College Mississauga, Ontario, CAN …meeting people from different parts of the world who are in the same boat as you are, makes the whole experience worthwhile… Kate Riekstina St. Peter's School Bournemouth, Dorset, UK [Empire] allowed for me to believe that I can do anything if I work hard and never give up. Kathryn Pundyk Li Po Chun United World College Hong Kong Everyone was there for the love of mock trial so they were ready to help out and answer questions. I learned so much from observing the other teams... Lindsay Lucato Mentor College Mississauga, Ontario, CAN Empire brings together a truly unique set of people that I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet. Maddison Beeforth Green Point Christian College Gosford, New South Wales, AUS Empire showed me what I truly want to do with my life: standing up, presenting perspectives and seeing fair outcomes in society. Madeline Matthys Dos Pueblos High School Goleta, CA, USA But [the Empire] is more than a competition - it is a time to make connections with people all around the world. Matt Covert American Heritage High School Plantation, FL, USA Whether you win, lose or draw, you will walk away from the Empire a better advocate, witness, and person. Meghan Christie Dalriada School Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK I’ll never forget standing in the Opening Ceremony hearing… the National Anthem of each representative country thinking, “Wow, this is something else!" Michael Mahony Saint Macartan's College Co. Monaghan, Ireland ...[Empire is about] having the confidence and ability to stand up in front of a large crowd/audience and articulate your views. Monique Eloi American Heritage School Plantation, Florida, USA The Empire is the greatest collection, in either high school or college, of incredible characters, talented attorneys, and just in general, truly dedicated mockers. Nainisha Chintalapudi NCHE Speech Club Cary, NC, USA [Empire] is a lifetime experience that will stay with you longer than any other academic event. Nimisha Shinday Dos Pueblos High School Goleta, CA, USA Being a part of the Empire family is so much fun and gives you the opportunity to get to know so many incredible people... Noah Crawford Spain Park High School Hoover, AL, USA Empire… gives high school students the opportunity to meet people from around the country and around the world… and to connect. Oliver Matthews Green Point Christian College Green Point, New South Wales, AUS Empire showed me in a very direct, immediate way the results and benefits of research and study. Read Mills Spain Park High School Hoover, Alabama, USA Empire made me me evaluate complex arguments and use critical thinking in a way I never had before… the experience made me stronger intellectually. Ryanne Bamieh La Reina High School Thousand Oaks, CA, USA From the moment you arrive, the atmosphere is exciting and welcoming… My three years have been unforgettable and I’ve truly enjoyed each year’s unique challenges and activities. Shaun Kleber Henry W. Grady High School Atlanta, GA, USA Mock trial has been the most influential factor in developing some of the most important skills I have today--public speaking, analytical reading and thinking, working with others... Simon Hunter Dalriada School Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK Building a wealth of friends from such diverse cultural backgrounds enhances the wonderful social element of the tournament. Smriti Gupta Sylvania Southview High School Sylvania, OH, USA Empire and mock trial overall helped me to build my professionalism and taught me various skills that I will need for my future as a physician. Stefanie Mandel Tottenville High School Staten Island, NY, USA The Empire is a weekend where you learn how good you have the potential to be when pushed to the limits.