Where are you now?
I compete on the National Championship Florida State University Mock Trial Team.
How, if at all, did the Empire help you get there?
Some of the most competitive rounds I have ever participated in took place at the Empire in high school; those rounds prepared me for the level of competition that I would meet at the collegiate level. In high school, the Empire inspired me to follow my love for mock trial in an effort to better myself to the level of competition I saw at the Empire. I honestly believe that without the Empire, my high school team would not have been State Champions or placed Top 10 at Nationals.
What’s your favorite Empire moment?
It was my junior year and I was playing Drew Walton, the defendant. I was sitting at counsel table when my attorney passed me a note. The note clearly read “I am going to throw up.” I quickly passed this note to his co-counsel who stood up (during the direct of one of our own witnesses) and asked for a break. Before she could even get the words out of her mouth, the attorney sitting next to me began to vomit all over the floor. In the middle of the trial. On the floor. In the middle of trial. I just thought I should repeat that so you would understand the gravity of the situation. The best part was when (after the attorney had gone and cleaned himself up) the attorney came back to the trial and won every judge’s highest score given for a closing in the round. That is truly the spirit of Empire Mock Trial.
How would you describe the Empire to someone that has never been?
The Empire is the greatest collection, in either high school or college, of incredible characters, talented attorneys, and just in general, truly dedicated mockers.