Current Members (2021-2022)



Matt Dye is a senior studying Business Law and Psychology. His hometown is Chandler, AZ. Besides being part of SDMT, Matt says “I am trying my best”! When sharing his career goals he mentioned, “I’d like to become an attorney, and I’m interested in tax law (aka the rules of being in your bag) and consumer protection law”.  He can’t wait to see everyone again to make more memories and make new connections as well! His favorite memory was winning the Triton tournament with his first team (Team S) in freshman year. He tells us that what motivates him is “the love and support of my friends and family, alternatively, anger.”  Matt shared that his zodiac sign is a Pisces and believes “ Inconclusive isn’t a conclusion! It’s the lack of a conclusion!”. When asked about his guilty pleasure, he replied with “I try not to feel shame about the things that bring me joy, however, I’m not particularly proud of my Zillow screen-time.” We are also not sure if Matt is actually Nicki Minaj, he won’t confirm or deny it… but we’re on to him.

Quote: “Actions have consequences” – Chris Doran 

Anthem: Want Some More – Nicki Minaj

Year in SDMT: 4th


Katherine Hostal is a senior studying Business Law and Finance. Her hometown is Columbus, OH. Aside from SDMT, she works with an organization called CCAP Across the Map (which was founded by a former mocker!) She has also completed a variety of internships/research projects outside of SDMT, as well as been a part of a ton of different student organizations. Kate would love to work in employment law, white collar crime prosecution, or public defense. Her favorite memory was getting all-you-can-eat sushi for dinner with her team freshman year after winning regionals! She is excited to meet new members and foster a deeper sense of community in SDMT!  She believes the Office isn’t that funny as well. Kate and also shared that she is motivated by the prospect of devoting her career to assisting people through the law, as well as by her family! Her guilty pleasure is Soap-y TV shows like Dynasty. Kate is also the owner of many pets, ask her about lugnut and she’d be happy to share photos of him!

Quote: “Though she be but little, she is fierce”

Anthem: She said, “Too Hard to Choose!” — She’ll get back to us with a favorite eventually!

Year in SDMT: 4th



Jackson Manship is a junior studying Aerospace Engineering and French. He is from Incline Village, NV. His career goal as he says is “Idk, be powerful”. He does football, volleyball, more mock trial, & board games in his spare time. He is excited for improving, educating, and winning this year in mock. His favorite memory is hitting the ol’ classic 7-1 his freshman year at regionals. He is motivated by “Being a better person, being a better leader, and winning ofc”.  In fact, he is a great leader, matching his type of ENTJ and as a leo. He also believes the show Friends is “MAD overrated”. He also shared that he really hates running. Jackson is also our resident excel guy, he has made the SDMT ballots and pretty much every form on the drive.

Quote: “Don’t be a chump, be a champ”

Anthem: He said “Lord knows “ — He’ll get back to us with a favorite eventually!

Year in SDMT: 3rd


Miranda Romero is a sophomore studying Business Law and Real Estate. Her hometown is Gilbert, AZ. She practices in multiple art forms: some being film, graphic design, musical theatre, writing and of course always learning to master more!  Her favorite memory was at the Championship Round of UARK. She earned the SDMT superlative of “Biggest Cheerleader” and she can’t wait to finally cheer on everyone in person! She believes the correct strategy in the art of making cereal is: milk, then cereal. Miranda also shared that she is motivated by her passion to be better than before, and when she becomes dedicated to something, she gives it her all (especially for SDMT)! She also is a huge fan of our Coach Dana (alongside many other Dana fans like Aaron and Dheeti)!

Anthem: Greener- Tally Hall

Year in SDMT: 2nd


Patrick Myers  is a junior studying Accounting and Spanish Literature. His hometown is Phoenix, AZ. He annoys Sydney, lives in the Vista Community Center, and scrolls through TikTok in his spare time. He would love to work as a tax lawyer or CPA. Patrick said he is excited for “Going to Nationals 🙂 “. His favorite memories are all the times he had with his spring team last year (Apollo and Athena) organized by Paul Wood.  Patrick said he is motivated by spite! He also believes sausage is better than bacon and guilty pleasure to prove it is the Barrett dining hall breakfast. Patrick is our resident AMTA info center, we never fail to be updated by him as soon as new info comes out!

Quote: “Why can’t Julie Andrews spearhead the effort against the coronavirus?”

Anthem: FVN! – LVL1

Year in SDMT: 3rd




Lorena “Ivan” Ananieva  is a senior studying Economics, Supply Chain Management, Business Data Analytics and Risk Management. Her hometown is Phoenix, AZ. She serves as the VP of CCAP at ASU and is part of the Spirit Of Service Scholars program with Watts College as well as a figure skating coach. She also shared she’s a full time cat mom working to provide a good life for her kittens. When asked about her career goals she said “I want to work in supply chain risk management consulting or one day become a CRO at a company in the aerospace industry. I have started towards that goal by accepting a full time position at Collins Aerospace after I graduate in May! “ She is so excited to meet everyone for her final season! Her favorite mock memory was in freshman year practicing objections with Maya Morken in the laundry room of the Agave building in the Barrett complex. Lorena said she’s motivated by spite and occasionally food! In fact, her favorite food is anything with pumpkin. She shared that she is a Pisces and on the buzzfeed quiz titled  “We Know The Color Of Your Aura Based On The Shoes You Add To Your Cart” and she got red. Her guilty pleasure is Brookside dark chocolate pomegranates.

Quote: “Stop worrying about the world ending today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia“

Anthem: 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton

Year in SDMT: 4th


Lindsay Becerra is a junior studying Political Science and Global Studies. Her hometown is Denver, CO. She does swing dance, board games and escape rooms in her spare time. She would love to work in intelligence or foreign service. She is so excited to meet all the zoom newbies in person finally and to be in person! Her favorite memory is stealing a ballot off of Rhodes last year or going to the beach after tournaments in California. Her favorite meal is pistachio salmon from the Keg. She is motivated by “Undermining the Patriarchy”.  She also believes TikTokers don’t belong at the Met Gala, which is valid. Her guilty pleasure is Reading Mock Trial Confessions after a tournament she wasn’t in. 

Quote: “Men Are Gonna Come Along And Want To Teach You Things. Doesn’t Make Them Any Smarter“

Anthem: Rake it Up (Feat. Nicki Minaj) [Diplo & Party Favor Remix]

Year in SDMT: 3rd


Riley Brock is a sophomore studying Public Health and her hometown is Tuscon, AZ. Her goal is to work for WHO in DC in epidemiology or biostatistics . She is so excited to make new friends in SDMT and we’re excited to meet her! She is motivated by her desire to be the best at what she enjoys. When asked for her zodiac sign she said she is an Aries! Her guilty pleasure is nerdy board games. She claims ketchup is by far the worst condiment. 

Quote: “Apathy’s a tragedy and boredom is a crime” -Bo Burnham, INSIDE

Anthem: Get Into It (Yuh) by Doja Cat

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Claudia Corrales is a junior studying Business Law and her hometown is Mesa, AZ. Her goal is to be a lawyer and she works at the Law Offices of Michael Cordova! She also loves baking and is currently trying to decode the science of making brownies! She is so excited to continue learning and get better at objections! Her favorite memory is retold as  “This is zoom specific, but knocking over my set up and putting it back up 5 minutes before the tournament started.” She is motivated by making a positive impact on people. When asked for her zodiac sign she says she is a Capricorn! Her guilty pleasure is Shopping, and fashion in general . She claims Universal is the best theme park, which according to her is a very unpopular opinion. 

Quote: Heard about the guy who fell off a skyscraper? On his way down past each floor, he kept saying to reassure himself: So far so good… so far so good… so far so good. How you fall doesn’t matter. It’s how you land! – La Haine

Anthem: Paper Rings by Taylor Swift  

Year in SDMT: 2nd


Lucas Currey is a senior studying Philosophy and Transborder Studies. His hometown is Surprise, AZ.  Aside from SDMT, he cooks, listens to podcasts and plays games! He wants to practice Immigration and/or Criminal Defense and/or Civil Rights law as an attorney. He is so excited to have fun playing witnesses this year! His favorite memory was directing Miranda’s conspiracy theory witness in the fall semester of last year. Lucas loves stove top stuffing and Carne Asada fries! His motivation is the ever present thought of our slow painful death through climate disaster. When he took a twilight quiz once, he said “I got Emmet, but I’m definitely more of a Carlisle”. We asked for his coffee order but he told us “ Tea, any tea. No coffee, please.” Lucas also has a guilty pleasure for listening to hours and hours of YouTube video essays while playing old games on his Xbox 360. 

Quote: “Bottoms, tops, we all hate cops “

Anthem: “Let me drive my van into your heart” from the Steven Universe soundtrack

Year in SDMT: 3rd


Lydia Dawson is a freshman studying Political Science and is from Eagan, Minnesota.  Besides SDMT, Lydia shared that she enjoys weight lifting and going on hikes, cooking, and spending time with friends and family! She is looking to become a Public Defender. She is so excited to get to know teammates and travel with them! When asked about what she is motivated by, she said  “family, they all inspire me in everything they do and are always supportive of me for the future.” This Cancer sign was in Girl Scouts for 8 years and has a Silver Award!  Her unpopular opinion is that she loves pineapple on pizza and her guilty pleasure is trashy reality TV shows.

Quote: “Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg  

Anthem: 10/10 by Rex Orange County

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Leena Darwish is a junior studying Psychology and Criminal Justice. Her hometown is Scottsdale, AZ. In her spare time she is part of a non-profit organization called ISBA and also works on campus as a desk assistant. She would really love to be a lawyer, or be a therapist with law as background information, in order to be educated and educate others. She is really excited to work with the group and learn new skills on how to improve and become better! When asked about her zodiac sign, she shared she was an Aries! She firmly believes Dutch bros is better than starbucks. She is motivated knowing that she gets to improve on her skills which will help her  become a better person, and prove her haters wrong.

Quote: “I got a jar of dirt, I got a jar of dirt, and guess what is inside it” -Pirates of the Caribbean

Anthem: Empire State of Mind

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Dheeti Deliwala is a junior studying Computer Science and Political Science. Her hometown is Chandler, AZ. In her spare time Dheeti says she “gives tours for the Tempe campus through Devils’ Advocates, so ask me about any ”fun” facts you wanna know about the campus that’s #1 in innovation 🙂 I volunteer pretty regularly on and around campus with Omega Phi Alpha. I also work at the Dean’s Office for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences”.  For non-ASU related activities, she just plays with her dog Tsuki. In terms of career goals she says “I’m not really sure at the moment. i’m taking a project excellence class in health policy, and i was ~supposed~ to hate it so that i knew i didn’t want to go to law school, but i absolutely love it (which makes me even more confused haha). At this point, I definitely want to make use of my computer science degree so I’ll try to get a job in that realm after college, learn more, make some money, and evaluate if I want to return for law school! sorry this was long lol, definitely put a lot of thought into this.” She is excited to finally be back in person, eating sushi in all the different cities we travel to, and of course seeing all the people again 🙂 Her favorite memory was every single round with Peach& Daisy, (as well as OF COURSE DANA) at the Claremont McKenna Regionals. Dheeti is motivated by learning something new and expanding her knowledge every single day. She also is a strong supporter in the movement to prove milk goes before cereal. Her guilty pleasure is milk chocolate covered pretzels. Dheeti is also known as our favorite guilty Dr. Kwon around these parts.

Quote: “Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy because it happened”

Anthem: Elevate (from the Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack)

Year in SDMT: 3rd


Chase DiBona is a freshman studying Justice Studies and from Seattle, WA. Besides SDMT, Chase is part of CCAP and Young Democrats. He is looking to become a civil rights attorney and can’t wait to compete to gain real courtroom experience. When asked about his horoscope he shared that he is a Gemini! Watch out Patriot and Buccaneer fans, his unpopular opinion is that Peyton Manning is better than Tom Brady. 

Quote: Fortune Favors the Bold

Anthem: Famous Last Words – MCR

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Eli Enriquez is a sophomore studying Political Science and is from Gilbert, AZ. Besides SDMT, Eli loves spending time with friends and family, as well as doing community service. He likes to read, write, moderately work out, and play video games. He is looking to be able to become a successful and established corporate/intellectual property lawyer. He hopes to be able to meet new friends and learn the ins and outs of college level competitive mock trial. He is motivated by the love and support of family, as well as the financial security that his future prospects may be able to offer him. Eli is a capricorn and also took a quiz once that could tell you what type of dinosaur you were based off of your personality (he got a velociraptor). Eli also shared that he “doesn’t really care for identity politics”. His guilty pleasure is collecting rare and valuable Transformers figures.

Quote: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

Anthem: Moth into Flame by Metallica

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Ariel Feffer is a freshman studying Political Science and is from Santa Clarita, CA. Besides SDMT, Ariel loves to read, hang out with friends, play soccer, as well as re-watch legally blonde multiple times. She is looking to become a Supreme Court Justice! She is so excited to meet other students who are interested in law, and to advance her public speaking skills. She is motivated by herself and her visions for the future. Her unpopular opinion is that “blueberries are just not that great” and her guilty pleasure is caramel M&Ms

Quote: “If you shoot for the moon and miss, you may land among the stars”

Anthem: Getaway Car – Taylor Swift

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Amit Fudim is a sophomore studying Economics, Fashion, and Politics. His hometown is Newton, MA. Besides SDMT, Amit is currently a Senator for Barrett within the Undergraduate Student Government. He is looking to go into antitrust and regulatory law, preferably in the tech industry on an international level. This semester he can’t wait to develop capabilities in the role he is assigned,  as well as continue to work on critical thinking during rounds.When asked what he is motivated by, he said “the desire to work with the law. I think that a system of law is the root of order and disorder, justice and injustice; I want to learn how to engage with that system and how to mold it. I believe that this is the best way I can tangibly better the lives of people around me.” When asked about his horoscope he shared that he is a Scorpio and he thinks it checks out too. Amit firmly believes that lunch is the most important meal of the day rather than breakfast. His guilty pleasure is South Park!

Quote: “If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.” – Louis D. Brandeis

Anthem: “NEVER LEFT” – Lil Tecca

Year in SDMT: 2nd


Aaron Gonzalez  is a junior studying Business Law, Spanish Literature and Philosophy. His hometown is Chandler, AZ. Besides SDMT, Aaron said he  “plays video games, basketball, helps with We the People at Hamilton High school as a part time coach, and is currently trying to intern.” He is looking to be an immigration attorney, or president of his own non-profit organization. Aaron is so excited to finally be back in person with all the wonderful people that are in this program and also excited to meet all the new faces from tryouts this year and last year because of zoom!  When asked about his favorite memory he shared “There are too many memories from mock trial to pick a favorite, but the first one that popped into my head was peach and daisy winning regionals. When they announced ASU, we were the most electrifying force in the room with our cheers. Nothing else mattered at that moment, only that we were victorious. It was amazing because we were all newbies with returners who were first time captains. SHOUTOUT DANA I WOULD DIE FOR HER.” Aaron is motivated by wanting to make his parents proud of the son they raised, he wakes up every morning to try and be a better person. Failure has always been a source of motivation for me, because there is always room to correct them”. Aaron is also a pisces with the cutest bunny named Pichu! 

Quote: “If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.” – Louis D. Brandeis

Anthems: Olivia Rodrigo “enough for you” or “traitor.” “Mojado” Ricardo Arjona or Vicente Fernandez “Por Tu Maldito Amor” or “Dancing On my own” Calum Scott ” “Jaula de Oro” Los Tigres del Norte

Year in SDMT: 3rd


Jahan Hameed is a junior studying Finance.  His hometown is New York City, NY. Outside of being an SDMT member, he is reading, going out with friends, shooting sports and playing the guitar! He wants to go into trial or Corporate Law. He is absolutely pumped to get to know his team and compete in tournaments! When asked what he is motivated by he says, “Doing something greater than myself, that could last through generations.” Jahan is also a Leo and claims “hoodies and shorts are a weird combination”. His guilty pleasure is literally any Britney song, which we admire!

Quote: “I only know one thing, and that is that I know nothing” – Socrates (reportedly)

Anthem: Fuel by Metallica or Hail to the King by Avenged Sevenfold

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Daniel Johnson is a junior studying Economics and Philosophy. His home town is Irvine, California. When he was asked the question of what he does outside of SDMT  he answered,  “Besides mock trial? I’m confused by the question”. As a returner he is most excited for the arson puns coming up with the new “pretty fire” case. His favorite memory is saying the Soviet Union multiple times during the American game at the final round of the UARK championship. In the “Girlboss, Gatekeep, Gaslight” Quiz, he identifies as “Gaslight”. He does not believe in astrology, but let us know he is a Capricorn which in his words “ that tracks”. He does believe in the Harry Potter houses though, and is a slytherin. Daniel also shared that his favorite drink is water, amazing! Daniel is also our resident tab master, we’re not sure where he finds them, but they help!


Anthem: All Caps – Madvillain

Year in SDMT: 3rd


Peter Kelley is a freshman studying Political Science.  His hometown is Prescott, AZ. Outside of being a student and a SDMT member, he is usually trying to socialize with others, whether that be networking or going out and hanging out with friends! As of now he wants to attend law school directly out of college and then go into family law! Someday after years of experience as a lawyer he wants to become a judge. He is absolutely pumped to meet new people and to grow his public speaking skills! When asked what he is motivated by he says, “My main motivation in life is thinking of making my future self proud. I motivate myself by knowing that if I put in hard work now I will be bettering myself in the future and that has allowed me to do great things thus far in my life.” He claims “Nutella is disgusting” and also shared “sorry not sorry” to lovers of the snack. His guilty pleasure is Keeping up with the Kardashians, he shared “I love the show so much and I do not care what others say.”

Quote: “I love when people underestimate me and then become pleasantly surprised” – Kim Kardashian

Anthem: Va Va Vroom- Nicki Minaj

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Anna Kylayt is a junior studying Biomedical Engineering and Math. Her hometown is Tuscon, AZ. She wants to continue her education to work in research in the future. Anna is motivated by wanting to make others proud. She does reading, yoga, painting, sleeping in her leisure time and highly recommends Harry Potter. Her favorite memories are when she’s hanging out with the team. Anna can make an amazing cheesecake and her go to order to enjoy it with, is black tea. She has a guilty pleasure for sour candy and is also a strong supporter of the “milk before cereal” cause! She can’t wait to see everyone in person! 

Quote: “The most effective way to do it, is to do it – Amelia Earhart”

Anthem: good 4 u by Olivia Rodrigo

Year in SDMT: 2nd


Bonnie Liu is a sophomore studying Computer Science (Software Engineering). Her hometown is Taipei, Taiwan and her primary focus is preparing for law school. She is excited to meet people that are looking at a law career as well. Her motivation is to be better than who she is now. While doing the Harry Potter sorting hat quiz, she received all four houses! Her favorite coffee order is pumpkin cold brew and believes showering in the night is better than the morning. 

Quote: She says “this is just from my dad but I think it inspires me a lot, “Don’t just compete with people around you. Improvement is never enough.” “

Anthem: Ah Puh by IU

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Kam Maag is a junior studying History and Political Science. His hometown is Cottonwood, MN and he has the accent to match it. In fact, he says “criticizing accents while being blissfully unaware of my own accent” is what he does in his spare time. His goal is to practice education law! He can’t wait to meet everyone in person finally after being on zoom all year! His favorite memory was winning an All-National for just messing around. He is motivated by I quote — “fun”. He believes Chick-fil-a and In n Out are both overrated. Kam also has specialized in the art of kam-spiracy theories, you should ask him about some.

Quote: “When smart and stupid come together, it is the most beautiful thing in the world” – Conan O’Brien

Anthem: The Les Mis Overture

Year in SDMT: 2nd


Asha Mahajani is a senior studying Chemical Engineering and her hometown is Scottsdale, AZ. She wants to practice patent law and is motivated by happiness. She reads fantasy novels in her leisure time and recommends Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. She’s a libra who claims ketchup goes well with popcorn. She assures us she has no guilty pleasures and instead of coffee prefers lemonade. Her favorite memory is winning a witness award at regionals and she can’t wait to compete in person again for her senior year! She is also our resident “Cat Watch!” tracker, let her know if you ever see a cat on zoom!

Quote: “The most important step a [person] can take. It’s not the first one, is it? It’s the next one. Always the next step”– Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Anthem: Chale Chall by A. R. Rahman

Year in SDMT: 4th


Jordan Miller  is a sophomore studying Politics and the Economy. His hometown is Scottsdale, AZ. His guilty pleasure is rewatching Youtube videos from at least a decade ago that have no bearing on life but are just nostalgic. He has a whole playlist for WatchMojo top 10’s and is proud of it. He also claims his century represents a golden opportunity for each of us. He also is an Aries, which he says “is not surprising”. He is motivated by the fact that many in this decade will feel the impacts of climate catastrophes, but will not have the protection to fight against it. The struggles of those people, and the hope that he can make even a small dent is enough to keep him going. He can’t wait to have a community that shares similar aspirations and skills, as well as to be challenged by competition, and to enjoy the quiet moments between teammates! He also shared that his favorite food is his mom’s potato salad!

Quote: ”The world is a fine place and worth fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.   -Hemingway

Anthem: Has to be Alright by Kendrick Lamar

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Maya Morken is a senior studying Economics and International Business. Her hometown is Tuscon, AZ. In her spare time she serves as the Chief Business Development Officer at CCAP Across The Map, an Intern at Doran Justice and Starbucks Barista. She also trains Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing! She would really love to  go to law school, and become a federal prosecutor! She is really excited in “SEEING ALL OF MY BEST FRIENDS AGAIN IN PERSON <3. These are my favorite people in college”. Her favorite memory was traveling to San Diego with the team and running into the ocean! When asked about her zodiac sign, she shared that she was a Virgo! She firmly believes mayo goes well with fries and she is motivated by the people around me who support my dreams. Her guilty pleasure is jamming to musicals around her house, and jumping on the furniture to recreate a broadway debut. We also believe Maya is the sole reason we have an arson case since she manifested it, so thanks Maya!

Quote: The Man in The Arena Quote

Anthem: So Much Better- Legally Blonde

Year in SDMT: 4th


Jordan “Barracuda” Morris  is a senior studying Philosophy and Justice Studies. Her hometown is Queen Creek, AZ. Aside from SDMT, Jordan is a Student Manager at the Barrett Student Center and volunteers with AZ Hugs for the Houseless. She would love to become a Public Interest Attorney. She is so excited to work with newbies joining us this year! Her favorite memory is when in sophomore year, Jill spilled a gigantic jar of peanut butter all over a practice room. She is motivated by her mother and her personal desire to help others. This Virgo hates any and all carbonated drinks. As she says, “it feels like needles on your tongue”. Her guilty pleasure is watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette. 

Quote: “To define is to limit” – Oscar Wilde

Anthem: Boss B**** by Doja Cat

Year in SDMT: 4th


Sydney Myers is a junior studying History and French. Her hometown is Phoenix, AZ but she was actually born in Austria. She loves watching youtube video essays and admiring birds. Her career goal is a long shot… but as she says it’s to “have a career”. She is excited to get to know our newbies and to be back in person! Her favorite memory is throwing a tape measure on the ground during her closing once freshman year. She is motivated by validation. She is a cancer who believes ketchup is not good! Her guilty pleasure is Carly Rae Jepsen. Between her and us, she’s secretly a twin!  

Quote: “I want Death to find me planting my cabbages, neither worrying about it nor the unfinished gardening.” – Michel de Montaigne

Anthem: “Too Much” – Carly Rae Jepsen 

Year in SDMT: 3rd


Megan Niehoff is a sophomore studying Political Science and Communication. Her hometown is Pheonix, AZ. Aside from being part of SDMT, Megan enjoys finding good restaurants to eat at! She is so excited to enjoy the SDMT community and built-in family. She is motivated by friends and family! She shared that she is a cancer and also believes the inception movie was not good. Her guilty pleasure is watching the Bachelor or Bachelor’s Paradise. 

Quote: “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen” – Conan O’Brien

Anthem: The Winner Takes It All – ABBA

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Gabby Paffumi is a senior studying Biochemistry and Philosophy. Her hometown is Mesa, AZ. Aside from SDMT she is part of the ASU quidditch team and is a diehard Griffindor! She would love to be a lawyer for the FDA one day! Her goal this semester is to make new friends and finish out Senior year with some old ones! Her motivation is constant validation and tells us to “not read into it too hard”. She is a Pisces and the ultimate Big Time Rush Fan. She firmly believes “People who hate on twilight are misogynistic. With their criticism stemming from a culture that thinks it’s cute to mock things that are targeted towards women. Change my mind.” To support this, her guilty pleasure is romance novels as well as french accents. Gabby also has mastered the art of having a meme for every situation.

Quote: “The more I know, the more I realize I know nothing”- Socrates

Anthem: Big Time Rush theme song (preferably blasted from speakers) 

Year in SDMT: 4th


Haley Rominger is a junior studying English Literature and Voice Performance. Her hometown is Ellensburg, WA. Outside of SDMT she loves yoga, biking, hiking, and cooking. She would love to become a lawyer or literature professor in the future. This semester she is excited to grow and compete with SDMT! What motivates her is finding joy in her work! She’s a Taurus who claims the most efficient time to do homework is 9pm-12am. Her guilty pleasure is instagram scrolling. 

Quote: “Run like a bravery, sleep like a baby, dream like a crazy, replace can’t with maybe” – Alexi Pappas

Anthem: Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny’s Child

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Linus Ros is a freshman studying Economics and Physics. His hometown is Ahwatukee, AZ. In his spare time he plays chess, read, and is training to run an ironman next year. He hopes to become Whitehouse chief of staff and then retire as a school teacher. He is so excited to meet new people on the SDMT team! His motivation is to go to sleep happy and content. Linus claims that mullets are pretty cool and instead of coffee, prefers OJ. His guilty pleasure is pretending to not be able to speak German in Germany or English in America (but only for a moment when he meets new people). 

Quote: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

Anthem: “I’m Still Standing” – Elton John

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Ben Ruiz is a sophomore studying business law. His hometown is Phoenix, AZ. He says he would love to become a politician. Ben is so excited to go to the first competition! He shared that his zodiac sign is a Capricorn. Ben says he is motivated by his family and goals. His ideal order for coffee is black and believes starbucks is overrated.  His guilty pleasure is drinking Agua de melon. 

Quote: “Jack of all trades is a master of none but often times better than a master of one”

Anthem: Hey There Delilah by the plain white t’s 

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Adam Scarborough is a junior studying Philosophy and Criminal Justice. His hometown is Houston, TX. In his spare time you can find him playing basketball or as an usher at Gammage Theatre! He was so pumped to win regionals freshman year and can’t wait to compete in person. When asked what motivates him he says “the dull, but very real pain of inconvenience”. His guilty pleasure is watching badly rated shows like Love Island or Too Hot to Handle, but does enjoy the occasional Bachelorette episode. This INTJ actually used to play the Scottish pipe back in high school! Adam also believes free will doesn’t exist. 

Quote: Fortune Favors the Bold- Virgil

Anthem: Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee

Year in SDMT: 3rd


Aria Schaible is a junior studying Film, Creative Writing and Computer Science. Their hometown is in Lakeville, MN. In their spare time they volunteer in Girl Scouts both in Tempe and in their hometown. also leading a leadership development workshop to Girl Scouts across the country. They also teaches young girls to code and volunteers with a sober shelter and a women’s domestic violence shelter. They love to play the ukulele, piano, and guitar and write music! Aria also does watercolor paintings, takes photography and also plays dungeons and dragons. Aria would love to become an author or screenwriter! Aria’s favorite team memory is a tie between getting sushi with their team after Berkeley the team potluck with Apollo and Athena. Aria’s motivation is “wanting to create a past self that future me can be proud of and I want to inspire those who come after me”. While sharing their zodiac sign they said “ I am very clearly an Aries :)”, which we admire! Their guilty pleasure is trashy reality TV. Aria also does stand up comedy!  When answering what their favorite drink was, they said “As much Red Bull as I can find as fast as I can get it”. 

Quote: “The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or small as you want.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Anthem: Respect – Aretha Franklin 

Year in SDMT: 3rd


Abigail Spencer is a senior studying Forensic Psychology and Russian Language. Their hometown is Las Vegas. Aside from SDMT, they participate in Speech, Debate, and USG.  Their career goal is to go into law and psychology! Abigail is so excited to work with coaches who believe in their capacity to learn the material. They can’t wait to support their team as best as possible. They are motivated by a desire to rise above the expectations people have for them. Abigail’s guilty pleasure is Oreos. They claim that “Marx do be lookin cute doe”. 

Quote: “The way I see it, life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things or make them unimportant.”

Anthem: IC3PEAK – Марш 

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Zac Valencia is a sophomore studying Business Law. His hometown is Phoenix, AZ. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies with friends and is part of the Sailing Team at ASU. He plans to attend law school and soon thereafter become a lawyer. The type of law he wants to go into is still uncertain.  He is excited this semester about competing and gaining more skills when public speaking. He really enjoys being judged on performances and knowing what he can do better and how to improve himself. He is motivated by knowing what he can become. He says “I get this idea from a Matthew McConaughey award speech where he talks about chasing his hero, who is himself in 10 years, because it is unattainable, it keeps him and myself moving. The opposite of this also motivates me. The fear of knowing that if I do not put the work in now it could lead to me not reaching more goals in the future is something that motivates me.” He also shares that he’s a Leo! 

Quote: “Who do you think you are, I am” – Pete Weber

Anthem: 3005 – Childish Gambino

Year in SDMT: Newbie


Ben VanGorder, is a senior studying Business Law. His hometown is Haslett, Michigan. Ben likes to work out, do rock climbing, and is a major sports enthusiast. Ben would love to be involved in a landmark case in the future. He is so excited to be competing in person and his favorite memory was winning his first tournament in San Diego freshman year! Ben is motivated by helping others in need. He claims avocados are “only okay” and loves romcoms. Ben’s guilty pleasure is skipping leg day. 

Quote: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” Calvin Coolidge

Anthem: Black Betty 

Year in SDMT: 4th


Paul (Macho Man) “The Big Cheese” Wood, the man of many nicknames, is a senior studying Psychology, Political Science and Sociology. Macho Man‘s hometown is Tempe, AZ. “The Big Cheese”, as he wants to be called now, likes to cook, bake, kayak, hike, lift weights, play video games, assemble and paint miniatures, and put together puzzles. Paul has a part-time job at Pier 54 and interns with the Litwak Law Group (owned by a former coach of SDMT)! Paul would love to be a lawyer and have his own practice one day. He is so excited to take ASU all the way to nats through in-person trials. He is also excited to show the newbies the ropes and help teach the newbies from last year on how to be comfortable with in-person trials. He says” it’s impossible to name a favorite memory, stop asking this impossible question…  I have to say Aaron’s five minute closing, our team potluck last year, when I stole a brick (you know the story, if you don’t ask and I’ll tell it again), or Matt’s obsession with an old record player that played Cardi b songs”. Paul is also motivated by loved ones and friends! If you ever get the chance, we highly recommend you ask him to share his quote in person.

Quote: ”Ohhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh” – Paul (Macho Man) “The Big Cheese” Wood 

Anthem: Don’t stop me now by Queen

Year in SDMT: 4th


Emily Wong is a freshman studying Supply Chain Management. Her hometown is Phoenix, AZ. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, skiing, and looking at pictures of her dog. She hopes to become a lawyer, but is not sure what kind yet. She is excited this semester for meeting new people and learning more about the legal system. She is motivated by a good playlist and loves pasta! She is also a Libra who thinks Chick-Fil-a is overrated. Her guilty pleasure is midnight ramen! 

Quote: “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now” -Edna Mode (The Incredibles)

Anthem: i by Kendrick Lamar

Year in SDMT: Newbie