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Elizabeth Hribal

La Reina High School
Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

Years at Empire: 2011, 2012

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.

Where are you now?

I currently attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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

I believe that Empire helped to get me to where I am today in multiple ways. Public speaking was really difficult for me even during my first Empire experience. Overcoming my fear of public speaking and learning to speak eloquently and assertively, however, ultimately gave me the confidence necessary to succeed in different mock trial tournaments and also encouraged my development of a speech and debate program at a less privileged school in my area. I think that my mock trial accomplishments, community service projects enacted because of mock trial, and my overall confidence and work ethic potentially increased my appeal to colleges, such as Georgetown. I ended up choosing to attend Georgetown partially because it’s located in such a vibrant city known for its politics, political discourse, and political activism.

What’s your favorite Empire moment?

My favorite Empire moment was Halloween night (2012), the day after the Championship round. We had planned on flying home that day but were stuck in New York because of Hurricane Sandy. Because we wouldn’t be able to celebrate Halloween back home, we all put on our onesies (footy-pajamas) and paraded around the hotel. Our coaches gave us candy bags and, later, my teammates and I spent the night together in one room just bonding and having fun.

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

Empire is an incredible opportunity to not only challenge yourself in your mock trial abilities, but to also meet new and interesting people from all over the world. Of course it’s a competitive tournament, but it’s also extremely fun and a fantastic opportunity to grow and learn.


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