Class of 2021 Major: Undeclared College: Branford Hometown: Atlanta, GA About: Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the south’s greatest city, Alvin continues to be shocked when someone says he has a southern accent! Alvin’s friends describe him as a listener who always has an open door, challenger of conventional thoughts, and a connoisseur of Atlanta’s best hip-hop and rap music. In his spare time, Alvin enjoys watching Netflix (House of Cards), playing the Sims 4, and spending time with friends.
Class of 2021 Major: Political Science College: Trumbull Hometown: Milwaukee, WI Activities: Traveling, the outdoors, boardgames, eating out, and theater About: Mitchell would like to thank the cast, crew, and orchestra for all that they have done to make this production a success. He would also like to thank the director for his incredible guidance and leadership… wait, sorry, wrong bio. Mitchell is looking forward to putting all of the interesting and bizarre skills he has learned from Mock Trial into practice in the real world. Next time someone refuses to take a coupon at a store, you better believe the record will reflect that the coupon has not yet expired.
Class of 2021 Major: Undeclared College: Silliman Hometown: Estero, FL About: I’m really just in mock trial to have this space on the website to gain publicity for my future presidential campaign, for which my initiatives will include: -a hard opposition to mansplaining -access to free healthcare and Reese’s peanut butter cups for all -a banana-sniffing department to make sure all of the bananas produced in the USA are up to par fragrance-wise -gluten free French toast available in all dining halls at all meals #Jordan4Prez2k36 (unless I get offered a place on the Supreme Court before then, in which case, I’ll abandon my campaign ASAP rocky)
Class of 2021 Major: Undeclared College: Benjamin Franklin Hometown: Portola Valley, CA About: Colton is passionate about three things in life: sleep, avocados, and mock trial.
Class of 2021 Major: Undeclared College: Berkeley Hometown: Chicago, IL About: You can usually spot Genevieve eating a granola bar, FaceTiming her mom for fashion advice, or telling people how to pronounce her name. John-vee-ev. Genevieve’s current favorite song is Wild Thoughts by Rihanna and she hopes that the song will outlive this bio.
Class of 2021 Major: Undeclared College: Branford Hometown: Arroyo Grande, CA About: Until today, Griffin had no photos of himself. However, the bureaucratic functions of the YMTA forced his hand, and thus the above photo was taken. Griffin isn’t sure if he likes it. He is sure that despite their unnecessary administrative overstep into his personal life, he is so excited to be a part of the organization.
Class of 2021 Major: History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health College: Berkeley Hometown: Carlsbad, CA About: Elyse VanderWoude is foodie, classic film enthusiast, history fanatic, and lover of travel. You may see her around town trying out a new restaurant or visiting one of Yale’s museums while planning where she will study abroad in the summer. More likely, however, you’ll catch her watching the glorious film, Witness for the Prosecution, in preparation for Mock Trial.
Class of 2020 Major: Computer Science College: Berkley Hometown: Elkins Park, PA Activities: AFAM House, engineering Tour Guide, ONEXYS Coach, eating way too much chocolate for someone who eats zero fruits or vegetables and gets tired after walking up the stairs About: As someone with a quick wit, a love for sarcasm, and the curse of arguing with everyone she meets, it just made sense that Taylor would want to join the Yale Mock Trial team. If you ever run into Taylor in real life, some great talking points to spark a good conversation include: memes, Harry Potter, Netflix, junk food, your credit card information, musicals, if you happen to know any available rich men, gossip, drama, Beyoncé, etc.
Class of 2020 Major: History (maybe?) College: Pierson Hometown: Bronx, NY Activities: YMTA, Magevet a cappella, Shibboleth Journal About: Sam has spent some time lately wondering what percentage of his life he has spent thinking about mock trial. Sam then stopped thinking about this, because it made Sam sad. Sam does other things aside from Mock Trial. Sam promises.
Class of 2020 Major: Cognitive Science College: Saybrook Hometown: New York, NY Activities: Saybrook Head of College Aid, Alzheimer Buddies, Club Swim, Dive In, New Haven Legal Aid Association About: My favorite thing in life is food. And maybe my sister but mostly food.
Class of 2020 Major: History College: Jonathan Edwards Hometown: Arcadia, CA Activities: Roosevelt Institute, Yale VITA, Kappa Kappa Gamma About: Kelsea recently discovered her love for solving Kenken puzzles while flying from Los Angeles to New Haven. She thanks Delta Airlines and their in-flight magazines for helping her discover a new hobby. When she’s not trying to fit numbers into squares, she is ordering soy lattes at Willoughby’s, pouring her thoughts on paper in her journal, running on the treadmill, or remembering use her Denneroll (when you see Kelsea, please remind her to keep her posture straight).
Class of 2020 Major: African American Studies College: Saybrook Hometown: Los Angeles About: Kai Nugent is a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA. He is majoring in African-American Studies with a concentration in Political Science. Though he has no mock trial experience beyond a week-long mini mock trial in seventh grade, he has been acting since he was five. Kai hopes to attend law school and eventually become a civil rights attorney.
Class of 2020 Major: Undeclared College: Silliman Hometown: Cape Coral, FL Activities: Yale Political Union, Yale Ambassadors Program About: If you are ever in the state of Florida, take the Florida Turnpike until you get to Florida City. Then, turn right onto Palm Drive until you’re in Everglades National Park. Walk calmly into the swamp. Don’t show your nervousness. After 77 steps, throw a piece of meat in front of you. Lloyd the Alligator will emerge, and he’ll nod solemnly, seeing that you’ve paid the toll. He’ll eat the meat. Don’t bother him while he does it. Once he’s done, he’ll beckon you toward a hole in a mangrove. Inside will be a possum with no name. He’ll guide you to a clearing in the trees that few will ever see, and even fewer will understand. This is where Joseph was raised. And even now, when Joseph is in a courtroom, he can hear it: the squelching and squishing of the mud. The gentle growl of the panther. The lapping of the water. The pitter-patter of Florida rain. They call him Swamp Joe, and he does mock trial.
Class of 2020 Major: Economics College: Davenport Hometown: Hinsdale, IL Activities: Women's Club Soccer, Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Smart Women Securities About: Her mother, when asked to describe her daughter, said: “Well, we all make mistakes…” Liz Keller hails from the ever-glorious epicenter of all sophisticated functions of the modern world: Suburbia (Hinsdale, IL, USA, World). While she’s not busy selling her soul to Wall Street and majoring in economics, she enjoys contemplating her awful life decisions and being made fun of by fellow mocker Andrew Del Vecchio for attending Goldman Sachs diversity dinners. Perhaps her most notable accomplishment was her portrayal of Ba the Sheep when her third grade class put the Big Bad Wolf on trial. Ever since, she’s had a penchant for dressing up as fake witnesses and pretending to be in court.
Class of 2020 Major: Computer Science (Likely) College: Morse Hometown: Menlo Park, CA Activities: Independent Party, Yale Debate Association, Moneythink About: Andy enjoys doing things that really break the mold. He did mock trial in high school. Now he’s doing mock trial in college. He’s from Silicon Valley and is probably going to major in Computer Science. He drinks the exact same thing for every meal in the dining hall: a glass of sparkling water with a little bit of cranberry juice. And like every other annoying person from California, he thinks it’s the greatest state in the country. Don’t get him started talking about it. Seriously don’t.
Class of 2020 Major: Ethics, Politics, and Economics College: Timothy Dwight Hometown: Fremont, California Activities: Deflecting personal questions About: Allison Du doesn't understand why bios are always in the third person. Do people think someone other than Allison is writing this? What value does pretending someone else is writing about you add? Who started this tradition and what do they have against the first person?
Class of 2019 Major: Philosophy and Mathematics College: Silliman Hometown: South Bend, IN Activities: The Mock Trial, the whole Mock Trial, and nothing but the Mock Trial.
Class of 2019 Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics College: Branford Hometown: Stafford, VA Activities: Playing polo, spending inordinate amounts of time in second-hand bookstores, hiking. About: Enjoys asking the questions and answering them; would rather be the judge.
Andrew Del Vecchio
Class of 2019 Major: Cognitive Science College: Davenport Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD Activities: Yale Tour Guide, Yale Athletics Office, Davenport IMs, Buttery Food Critic About: Raised in the thriving metropolis of suburban Maryland, Andrew has had to overcome a soccer mom culture from an early age. He barely escaped, but the impact is noticeable: he can expertly drive a Honda Odyssey, thinks “Target” is pronounced “Tar-jé”, and his favorite restaurant is the Costco food court. His passion for justice is rivaled only by his passion for Disney hockey movies from the 90s. His dream is to open up a food truck for picky eaters. Or become Emilio Estevez. Whichever comes first.
Class of 2019 Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics College: Timothy Dwight Hometown: Santa Monica, CA Activities: The Yale Independent Party, Club Gymnastics, and Intermural Badminton About: You are walking in the woods. You look up and see Nadia Rahman sitting in a tree. Nadia asks you what your favorite type of octopus is. You are unsure of how to respond. You feel slightly uncomfortable. Nadia laughs. You walk quickly away without looking back.
Class of 2019 Major: Cognitive Science College: Jonathan Edwards Hometown: Murrysville, PA Activities: “playing games” (running studies) with children in a developmental psychology lab; losing her phone multiple times a day About: Born in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Bianca spent her childhood playing classic hand-clapping games on the school bus and making dozens of friendship bracelets (all proudly worn on one wrist at all times.) Bianca has since abandoned those hobbies as she attempts to venture into the world of adulthood. She currently likes updating her Spotify playlists, talking about the Serial podcast for the hundredth time, eating coffee-flavored desserts, using her Tide-to-Go pen (to remedy stains from said desserts), and running on the treadmill to release stress. When she’s not partaking in these things, you can probably find her doing mock trial-related activities and attempting to find a coherent direction in her life.
Class of 2019 Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics College: Saybrook Hometown: Menlo Park, CA Activities: Yale Students for Christ, Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association, Yale Debate Association About: Two truths and a lie: 1. Her favorite color is pink. 2. She loves the YMTA. 3. She loves the YMTA.
Class of 2019 Major: Ethics, Politics and Economics College: Pierson Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Class of 2019 Major: Global Affairs College: Pierson Hometown: Singapore
Class of 2018 Major: Philosophy College: Pierson Hometown: Pikesville, MD Activities: Yale Drama Coalition, O'Neill Playwriting Mentor About: Sarah tried out for Mock Trial her freshman year of high school because it’s what all the socially-adjusted nerds were doing—and, sure enough, she and Mock Trial have been together ever since. They’re thinking of getting a dog.