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Charlene Ochogo

Lincoln High School
Tallahassee, FL, USA

Years at Empire: 2008

[Empire] quite literally changed my life... I don't remember how many points I scored, only how much fun I had.

Where are you now?

I’m in my final year of law school at Boston College.

How, if at all, did the Empire help you get there?

Empire really helped me come out of my shell.  Back in 2008, I was 16 and I NEVER believed I was capable of giving a closing argument. My coach just kind of threw me into it and I was terrified the entire time. And then we won!  I won an attorney award and I really started believing in my abilities and my passion for the law only grew.

What’s your favorite Empire moment?

My favorite Empire moment is definitely interacting with the other teams. I still have one of the keychains that the team from Australia gave me!

How would you describe the Empire to someone that has never been?

Empire is an incredible experience.  It quite literally changed my life.  Seeing people my age that valued the ability of young people to do things well beyond what we are expected to.  Even just hearing of the things my team did with Empire after I graduated was so amazing.  I don’t remember how many points I scored, only how much fun I had.  I only wish I’d had the opportunity to do it again.

Atlanta

The Southern Showdown September 21 - 25

San Francisco

The Battle by The Bay October 5 - 9

New York

The World Championship November 16 - 20

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