Lorena Ananieva of Phoenix, AZ is a junior double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Economics with certificates in International Business, Business Data Analytics, and Risk Management. This is her third year with SDMT. Lorena is also a part of SCMA, the founder of Devils Go with the Flow, and works as a certified head coach at Arcadia Ice Arena. She hopes to someday work in international logistics and possibly study maritime law. Some things you might not know about Lorena is that she can dislocate her shoulder on command and that she whole-heartily believes that Burger King fries are the best fries.
Hype Anthem: 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Schulz
Lindsay Becerra of Denver, CO is a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Global Studies. This is her second year with SDMT. Outside of SDMT, Lindsay is an avid swing dancer. Her favorite memories from mock trial includes going to the beach after California tournaments, but this semester she is excited to meet new friends and improve her mock skills. While Lindsay doesn’t like pizza, she loves pasta in all its various forms. In her free time, she loves watching Criminal Minds.
Hype Anthem: Sweatpants (Childish Gambino)
“It’s important to draw wisdom from many different places” -Uncle Iroh
Andrew Burnquist of Gilbert, Arizona is a junior in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Political Science. This is his first year with SDMT. He is also affiliated with the University Appeals Board; participates in a research fellowship with the Center for Biosocial Complex Initiative; and clerks for a law firm, Muschkatel, Robbins & Becker P.L.L.C. In case it wasn’t clear, Andy works at a law firm – Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker P.L.L.C. is the law firm where Andy works. When he’s not working at the law firm, Andy’s hobbies include sleeping, juggling, sleeping, crashing cars, sleeping, sleeping in, and sleeping.
Hype Anthem: “RNP” (YBN Cordae feat. Anderson .Paak)
“It is what it is.”
Fausto Burruel of Casa Grande, AZ is a junior studying Political Science, Economics and German. This is his third year with SDMT. Outside mock trial, Fausto is a QA Supervisor for Dynata. This semester he is excited to compete virtually so he doesn’t have to relieve a 13 hour drive back from the Berkeley tournament, and his favorite mock trial memory is captaining his team to a second place win at regionals. Fausto loves sushi, chips and quac, and English breakfast team. Fun Fact: Amy Klobuchar follows Fausto on Twitter.
Hype Anthem: Crocodile Rock (Elton John)
“What I hear when I’m being yelled at is people caring loudly at me.” – Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec
Dawson Chute of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is a junior majoring in Public Policy and Public Services (Law and Policy) with a minor in Global Studies and a certificate in Peace Corps Prep. This is his second year with SDMT. In his free time, Dawson stresses about the future of the nation and looks at dinosaurs at his museum job. Someday he hopes to work as a foreign service officer in the State Department, but for now, he works the second most complete t. Rex ever discovered. Unsurprisingly, Dawson loves Jurassic Park, and his show is Game of Thrones. More surprisingly, his guilty pleasure are the wings from Hooters.
Hype Anthem: Hand of God (Jon Bellion)
“Knowledge is power and I want to be powerful” -Dawson Chute
Brooke Clements of Chandler, AZ is a senior majoring in Justice Studies with a certificate in Socio-Legal Studies. This is her third year with SDMT. Outside of mock trial, Brooke is a model and she someday hopes to become the most tattooed criminal defense attorney is federal court. She is a Leo Sun, Libra Rising, pisces moon, and an INTJ-T. One thing people might not know about Brooke is that she had to fake a marriage so she could go on a cruise with her partner. To relax, Brooke likes to dissociate while playing Breath of the Wild or Animal Crossing.
Hype Anthem: Suffocate (Kayzo)
“I’m a bad b****, you can’t kill me”
Lucas Currey of Surprise, AZ is a junior majoring in Philosophy (TCL) and Transborder Studies. This is his second year with SDMT. Outside of SDMT, Lucas likes to listen to podcast, play video games, keep up with politics, and in the time before COVID, to travel. He hopes to someday be an immigration attorney or a public defender. This year Lucas is excited to improve his mock skills. Something that people might not know about Lucas is that he loves Stove Top stuffing. Seriously though, it is his favorite food, and he believes that Stove Top stuffing is the best form of stuffing that exists.
Hype Anthem: Countdown (Beyonce)
“Save lives, do crimes” from the Raoul Wallenberg episode of his favorite podcast, Behind the Bastards.
Dheeti Deliwala of Chandler, AZ is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Political Science. This is her second year of SDMT. Outside of SDMT Dheeti is a Devils’ Advocate, the LOA Liaison for the service sorority Omega Phi Alpha, and a Barrett Fellow. She is also learning Japanese in her free time! Someday, Dheeti hopes to find a career that allows her to engage in her many passions and make an impact on society. She loves sushi and her favorite mock memory is eating sushi with her team in San Francisco. Dheeti is also a proud Aquarius and recently found out she is a baked potato (via Buzzfeed’s Potato Quiz) She also rightfully believes that pumpkin pie is the best pie.
Hype Anthem: Count What You Have Now (Vantage)
“Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened”
Emily Distler of Scottsdale, Arizona is a junior in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Digital Marketing. This is her third year with SDMT. Emily is also involved in Kappa Kappa Gamma and film production. Her biggest accomplishments include working for American Airlines and meeting Kelly Clarkson when she was eight. This season, Emily is looking forward to seeing her team thrive and succeed and win, crying in her free time, and dying on the way to Santa Barbara as always. Emily loves buzzwords!
Hype Anthem: “L$D” (ASAP Rocky)
“Marketing is like sex – everyone thinks they’re good at it.”
Noah Dolgin of Bakersfield, CA is a senior majoring in Business Law with minors in Film and Media Studies and Women and Gender Studies. This is his fourth year with SDMT. Outside of mock trial he is currently preparing for the LSAT and hopes to become an attorney. This semester he is excited to see the mock family over zoom and make more chaotic memories with Paul. Noah favorite movie is Fight Club, and his favorite book is Catcher in the Rye, and his favorite food is snow crab. Some might not know that Noah can dunk a basketball and he believes life was better before the internet.
Hype Anthem: Hey Mama (Kayne West)
“Who’s gonna carry the boats and the logs” – David Goggins
Anna Espinoza of Phoenix, Arizona is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Philosophy and Fashion. This is her second year with SDMT. When she’s not laughing in-round at Stewie calling the Best Practices article, “Breast Practices,” Anna interns at a complex litigation firm, takes classes at ASU Law, trains for the Phoenix 7 Summit Challenge, and teaches philosophy seminars in state prison. She aspires to a position as an attorney representing criminal defendants or artists and designers. Over the summer, this caffeinated, eclectic, and errant competitor visited nine countries in 70 days… and still participated in Summer Trial! Anna was named after a volcano.
Hype Anthem: “Money” (Cardi B)
“Wisest is she who knows she does not know.”
Ryan George of Phoenix, AZ is a sophomore majoring in Political Science. This is his second year with SDMT. Ryan hopes to someday occupy a governmental position or to become a part of a lobbying group of a non-profit. But in his free time, he is a pro-gamer, pro-memer, and an afiencanado of baking Polish goods. Ryan’s favorite food are Pierogies, his favorite show is Futurama, and he also loves watching The Good Wife. This year, Ryan is excited to try an attorney role for the very first time!
Hype Anthem: Tokyo Drift
“Wood fired pizza? How is pizza supposed to get a job now?”
Aaron Gonzales of Chandler, AZ is a sophomore double majoring in Business (Law) and Philosophy. This is Aaron’s second year with SDMT. Aaron aspires to be an immigration attorney and is also involved with St. Vincent de Paul, LUCHA, MEChA, We the People, and is currently working on starting his own organization. When Aaron is not busy, he loves to watch Al Pacino movies and catch the latest episode of Madam Secretary with his bunny, Pichu. Fun fact: Aaron is currently working on writing a book!
Hype Anthem: “When Were Young” (Adele)
“Love is the reason there is pain, when we lose someone or they are hurt, hate is born. And from hate breeds vengeance, thus repeating the cycle of hatred and love.”
Nikki Handy of San Bernardino, CA is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. This is her second year with the program. In her free time, Nikki roller skates, works, and visits her out-of-state girlfriend. Her favorite food is gumbo with crab, and her favorite books are the Percy Jackson series. Though she knows its unpopular, Nikki believes, in her own words, that “Country music do be slapping’” and listens to a lot of country music. This year, Nikki is excited to work with everyone again and hopefully try out a new role.
Hype Anthem: Gospel Music, G6, Take Me Home (Cash Cash), or Only Girl In the World
“They’ll see how beautiful I am, and be ashamed. I too, am America.”
Daniel Johnson of Irvine, CA is a sophomore majoring in economics. This his second year with SDMT. Daniel dreams of someday being a hedge fund manager or a lawyer, but in his free time Daniel likes to cook, read, play video games. His favorite food is a bacon cheese omelet, and his drink of choice is water. His favorite mock trial memory is the one time he got Jordan Ryder’s domestic violence charge onto the record during cross while playing Kai Washington But this year, Daniel is excited to dive into the new case and hang out with his mock trial friends.
Hype Anthem: Alright (Kendrick Lamar)
“The unexamined life is not worth living”
Jill Leaver of Tucson, AZ is a senior double majoring in Genetic Engineering and Neuroscience. This is her fourth year with the program, and Jill also used to serve as the program’s Treasurer. In addition to SDMT, she works as a medical scribe in the St. Joes emergency room in PHX, runs her nonprofit CCAP Across The Map (cervical cancer awareness and prevention), conducts breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic, works on the Sulston Project for health policy research, and weight lifts. She hopes to someday become a surgeon and a health-policy analyst. Outside of her busy schedule, Jill likes to each chicken nuggets and pickles at any time of the day.
Hype Anthem: Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time (Panic! At the Disco)
“Be like the STEM cell and differentiate yourself”
Stewart Lucas of Oakland, CA is a senior majoring in Political Science. This is his fourth year with SDMT. Outside of school, Stewart works full time for the government and wants to be an attorney. He is motivated by the thought of his mom using his accomplishments to flex on the other parents in her friend group. His favorite meal is very specifically a Chipotle Bowl with double white rice, black beans, double chicken, mild, medium, corn, sour cream, cheese, large side of queso, large chips. This year, Stewart is excited to meet the new members and make new friends!
Hype Anthem: 212 (Azalea Banks)
“I totally paused!” – Cher Horowitz
Asha Mahajani of Scottsdale, AZ is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering. This is her third year with SDMT. Asha hopes to someday work in patent law, but outside of school and mock trial, Asha likes to read fantasy novels. Specifically, her favorite fantasy novel is Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Asha’s drink of choice is lemonade, and her favorite food is Channa Bhatura. This year Asha is excited to compete and her favorite mock trial memory from last year is when she won a witness award at regionals.
Hype Anthem: Chale Chalo (A. R. Rahman)
“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
Maria Mason of San Jose, CA is a senior majoring in Political Science with minors in Spanish and Economics. This is Maria’s third year with SDMT, though she has enough memories of Matt’s unapologetically bad driving to last a lifetime. When she’s not doing mock trial, Maria participates on campus as VP of BridgeASU, works as a college network lead for Swing Left, and volunteers with Mission4Arizona and the Biden/Harris campaign. Maria aspires to go to law school and become an advocate for social justice and human rights. Maria is a proud Leo and ENFP and recently learned that if she were a dog, she’d be a Pomeranian (via a BuzzFeed quiz).
Hype Anthem: “Not Afraid” (Eminem)
“This too shall pass”
Maya Morken of Tucson, AZ is a junior majoring in Economics with a German Minor, CETL Minor, International Business Certificate. Outside of SDMT, she is part of the Arizona Microcredit Initiative, CCAP Across the Map, and Alpha Kappa Psi, and she also does kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu! She hopes to go to law school after she graduates. Maya also strongly believes that peanut butter and Nutella should be banned, and her Starbucks order is a Grande Iced Mocha with Coconutmilk. This year she is excited to spend time with her mock trial friends!
Hype Anthem: 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”
Jordan Morris of Queen Creek, AZ is a junior majoring in Philosophy and Justice Studies. This is her third year with SDMT. In addition to mock trial, Jordan is a CA at Vista Del Sol, manages the Barrett Student Center, and conducts research downtown in the Children in the Law lab within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She hopes to go to law school and become an attorney. Like a true Philsophy major, Jordan’s favorite show is The Good Place, and her favorite food is pad thai. Jordan’s guilty pleasure is watching ABC’s The Bachelor.
Hype Anthem: Bonfire (Childish Gambino)
“To define is to limit” – Oscar Wilde
Patrick Myers of Phoenix, AZ is a sophomore majoring in Accounting with a minor in Spanish Literature. This is his second year with the program. Patrick is still currently deciding whether he wants to become a tax attorney or crunch numbers as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Fraud Examiner. Patrick boldly believes that ketchup is the perfect condiment for a grilled cheese sandwich and his favorite snacks are Hot Cheetos. Fun fact: As a child, Patrick loved Tinkerbell so much that he dressed up as Tinkerbell for Halloween.
Hype Anthem: Every Of Montreal song
*Quote purposely omitted for fear of being called a nerd*
Sydney Myers of Phoenix, AZ is a sophomore majoring in French. This is her second year with SDMT. Sydney hopes to one day have a career (doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s a career). When she’s not haunted by her impending morality, she likes watching pseudo-intellectual youtube essays for hours on end and painting. Sydney is particularly happy that she is not the shortest person in the program and likes the team bonding aspect of SDMT. While Sydney may seem cuddly and cute, but don’t get the wrong idea! She has actually given someone a black eye before so watch your back!
Hype Anthem: “Suzie Prudhomme” (Les Cowboys Fringants)
“I want Death to find me planting my cabbages, neither worrying about it nor the unfinished gardening.” – Michel de Montaigne
Gabby Paffumi of Mesa, AZ is a junior majoring in Biochemistry. This is her third year with the program. Gabby is SDMT’s science queen; she works as a research lab and she wants to be a food and drug attorney. Her favorite mock trial memory is doing face masks with Stewart but this year she is excited to work with her new team. Gabby’s favorite food is a hard and crunchy nectarine, and her favorite drink is a green boba tea. In her own words, Gabby is a hardcore Pisces through and through and she is a horoscope enthusiast (though she doesn’t believe in personality tests).
Hype Anthem: Big Time Rush (Big Time Rush) — Mad respect bro
“I love you” – Mama Paffumi
Nithya Raman of Phoenix, AZ is a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Business Data Analytics. This is her second year with SDMT. Nithya is also a community assistant at the Manzanita Dorms and is a USG Intern. Nithya plans to take the corporate law world by storm some day! Her favorite food is tacos and, naturally, her guilty pleasure is Taco Bell. Also, some might not know that Nithya is multilingual and can pull two all-nighters in a row!
Hype Anthem: Only (Nicki)
“More money, more problems”
Adam Scarborough of Houston, TX is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy. This is his second year with SDMT. As a man of many hobbies, Adam plays basketball, reads books, delivery pizzas, lifts weights and plays videos games in his free time. He also really enjoys watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette while drinking hot chocolate. Adam plans to go to law school and start off his career as a prosecutor but eventually transition to criminal defense work.
Hype Anthem: Lift Off (Jay Z, Kanye, Beyonce)
“When in doubt, don’t” – Kanye West
Aria Schaible of Lakeville, Minnesota is a sophomore majoring is Justice studies with a certificate in Law and Human Behavior and Homeland Security. This is her second year in SDMT. In addition to SDMT, she volunteers with Girl Scouts, Young Dems, and a domestic abuse center. Aria’s favorite mock trial memory is getting sushi with her team after the Berkley Tournament, but this year, she is looking forward to meeting new friends and nailing the rules of evidence. Aria also strongly believes that we need to bring back flashmobs and who can blame her.
Hype Anthem: 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
“And those who seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Ben VanGorder of Haslett, Michigan is a junior majoring in Business (Law). This is his third year with SDMT. Ben is one of SDMT’s resident sports enthusiasts and is unashamed in his opinion that Gary Harris is the best 3 point shooter on the nuggets. Sports aside, Ben wants to be a lawyer and make a difference in people’s life. “His favorite mock trial memory is winning his first tournament in San Diego freshman year and he is hoping to help the team get to nationals this year.
Hype Anthem: Miss Allyssa
“I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix”- Dan Quayle, Vice President
Paul Wood of Tempe, AZ is a junior triple majoring in Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science. This is Paul’s third year with SDMT. While Paul eventually wants to go to law school to be come a litigator, Paul is also quite the master in the kitchen and makes snickerdoodles that would knock Gordon Ramsey’s socks off. On days that he’s not working on homework or competing, you’ll probably find Paul in the kitchen baking while listening to Queen and Queen ONLY. This year Paul is excited to help with Sundown Showdown, SDMT’s fall tournament, and help captain the new members of his team to victory!
Hype Anthem: Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)
“Get busy living or get busy dying”