Meet Our Family  

Stefanie Mandel

Tottenville High School
Staten Island, NY, USA

Years at Empire: 2010, 2012

The Empire is a weekend where you learn how good you have the potential to be when pushed to the limits.

Where are you now?

Emerson College

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

Empire has helped me transition my courtroom communication skills to the outside world. I learned how to effectively get my point across in writing examinations and selling my ideas in delivering statements. This is a skill I use in everyday life and what I will need to use to pursue my career ambitions, which is in an entirely different field than pre-law.  As someone who is studying screenwriting, the Empire has given me an “edge” that most of my college peers don’t have, a background in something wildly different. The Empire has enhanced my writing ability, whether it’s making my writing sound more professional, to creating themes in my work, to writing a scene that takes place in a courtroom. 

What’s your favorite Empire moment?

My favorite Empire moment was a conversation I had with my co-counsel before our final round ever as competitors. We purposefully planned to take extra time to reflect back on the past four years we spent together and the team we helped create. It was the best conversation we’ve ever had. We’ve been best friends for over 5 years now.

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

I wouldn’t describe the Empire as a tournament; I would describe it as more of an experience. The Empire is a weekend where you learn how good you have the potential to be when pushed to the limits. It’s a weekend where strides are made in the courtroom, and milestones are made in a lifetime. 

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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