Lorena Ananieva of Phoenix, Arizona is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Economics. This is her second year with SDMT. Lorena is the co-founder of Devils Go with the Flow, a primary figure skating coach for Acadia Ice Learn to Skate, and a legal intern at Innabi Law Firm. She aspires to a career in International Labor Law; an abundance of Popsugar quizzes and Panera broccoli cheddar soup help keep her sane while working towards her goals. Lorena loves lemons.
Hype Anthem: “9 to 5” (Dolly Parton) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen)
“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Schulz
Courtney Barger of Vail, Arizona is a senior in Barrett, the Honors College double majoring in Economics and Justice Studies. This is her fourth year with SDMT. Besides holding Mock Trial Confessions (But It Actually Updates)’s title as Most Attractive Mocker on the West Coast, Courtney is a Barrett Student Fellow at the Center on the Future of War, and involved with the American Enterprise Institute Executive Council at ASU and the Alexander Hamilton Society. This high-heeled, intense, and hilarious competitor aims to become an attorney practicing international arbitration, eventually transitioning to doing work for an intergovernmental organization relating to trade law and negotiations. She enjoys jazz, the Spartan pump up, perfecting her cross examination style, and irritating Tyler and Jill. Courtney sold her soul to SDMT.
Hype Anthem: “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”
“We all have choices.”
Lindsay Becerra of Denver, Colorado is a freshman in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Global Studies. This is her first year with SDMT. Lindsay aspires to a career with the CIA or State Department, but for now she enjoys swing dancing, Greek life, and swimming. This lawful evil ENTJ’s spirit animal is a black panther.
Hype Anthem: “Green Light” (Pitbull)
“Find happiness in the unique insanity of right here, now.” – The Good Place
Kimberly Bittinger of Queen Creek, Arizona is a junior majoring in Business Law and English Literature. This is her third year with SDMT. Kim loves team dinners during tournaments. She is looking forward to working with new people, going to a Jonas Brothers concert, and being on a team with Marina. Kim was voted most likely to have 30 cats in her high school yearbook; currently, Kim has a grand total of zero (0) cats.
Hype Anthem: “Burning Up” (Jonas Brothers)
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut
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 Burrel of Casa Grande, Arizona is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Political Science and Economics. This is his second year with SDMT. Fausto is also a part of ASU Young Democrats, and he plans to attend Columbia Law School before later becoming a politician. Fausto loves tourism, watching Summer Stevens cross a witness, and the saxophone.
Hype Anthem: “Crocodile Rock” (Elton John)
“It’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them.” – Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Rachel Caldwell of Chandler, Arizona is a junior in Barrett, the Honors College double majoring in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. This is her third year with SDMT. Rachel is also involved in the Barrett Honors College Council, the Regent’s Cup competition, and Undergraduate Student Government. She serves as a Research Aide at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. Rachel aspires to become a criminal defense lawyer and eventually run for office on the state and then the federal level. She enjoys Ramen, long walks on the beach, and smashing the patriarchy. Rachel can lick her elbow!
Hype Anthem: “Fighter” (Christina Aguilera)
“I want it, I got it.” – Ariana Grande
Dawson Chute hails from Rancho Santa Margarita, California and is a freshman majoring in Public Policy and Public Services (Law and Policy). This is his first year with SDMT. Falling down a waterfall, getting shot in the buttocks by an arrow, and suffering a snake bite are all in a week’s work for this eccentric Sagittarius, who can also stick his tongue in his nose. Dawson aims to work in a U.S. Embassy as a Foreign Service Officer. When he’s not making new friends, sipping on Shirley Temples, or picking out fun socks to wear with his suit, Dawson spends time with Peace Corps Prep.
Hype Anthem: “My Bologna” (“Weird Al” Yankovic)
“Knowledge is power, and I want to be powerful.”
Brooke Clements of Chandler, Arizona is a junior majoring in Justice Studies. This is her second year with SDMT. Her favorite thing about the program is having a group that is supportive and encouraging; this year she is excited about continuing to grow as a person and in her skillset. Brooke aspires to one day have her own criminal defense firm. In the meantime, you can find her working and making money… or dialing 9-1-1 because she dreamt she was being robbed by an e-boy. This icon’s take on business casual is a “metaphorical mullet,” business in the front and party in the back!
Hype Anthem: “Sandstorm” (Darude)
“Go for it before it’s gone.”
Lucas Currey of Surprise, Arizona is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Philosophy and Transborder Chicanx Studies. This is his first year with SDMT. This future immigration attorney or public defender wields mad xylophone skills, dons baby blue silk bowties, and can impersonate Sean Connery while reading Macbeth. Lucas is just really excited to be here.
Hype Anthem: “Take the Power Back” (Rage Against the Machine)
“The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’. I’m tryin’ real hard to be a shepherd.” – Pulp Fiction
Dheeti Deliwala of Chandler, Arizona is a freshman in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Biomedical Engineering. This is her first year with SDMT. Dheeti is looking forward to road trips and showing off her tapered black pants! She enjoys the Sims; kathak; Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl; and turtles.
Hype Anthem: “Bounce Back” (Big Sean)
“I wanna be a cowboy baby.” – the old man on Vine
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.”
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, Arizona is a freshman in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Aeronautical Engineering (Astronautics). This is his first year with SDMT. Ryan is looking forward to improving his speaking skills and wiggling his ears better than Jill can wiggle hers. Ryan’s celebrity lookalike is Fred from Scooby Doo, and his great-great uncle is the ex-president Grover Cleveland.
Hype Anthem: “Black Dog” (Led Zeppelin)
“We shall never surrender!” – Winston Churchill
Aaron Gonzalez grew up in Chandler, Arizona and is a Barrett, the Honors College freshman majoring in Business Law. This is his first year with SDMT. Aaron aims to practice immigration law before delving into the world of politics. Outside of Mock Trial, Aaron is the co-chair of M.E.Ch.A., an el concilio member, a CPLC volunteer and activist, an UniodosUs volunteer and activist, and a St. Vincent De Paul volunteer. He is a mediocre singer.
Hype Anthem: “RISE” (feat. The Glitch, Mako, and The World Alive)
“Este Mundo no va cambiar si no estamos dispuestos de cambiar nosotros Mismos.” (“To make a dream come true, the first requirement is a great capacity to dream; the second is persistence.”)
Nicole Handy of Rialto, California is a freshman majoring in Neurobiology. This is her first year with SDMT. She is a west-coast-style roller skater, a guitar player, and an active church member. Nicole takes some coffee with her vanilla creamer and adds a precise 3.5 spoonfuls of sugar for good measure. This Gemini is looking forward to having a place – knowing where she belongs and how she fits into the group.
Katherine Hostal is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College double majoring in Finance and Criminology/Criminal Justice. When she is not pretending to be a fake attorney, Kate spends her time being a fake legislator in Undergraduate Student Government. But her passion for feigned personas doesn’t stop there! Kate allocates her remaining free time to acting; if you can’t find her on a Saturday night, check the Gammage Auditorium. At the end of the day, Kate’s passion is advocacy, so she combined this with her vested interest in the law and will be working as a Victim’s Advocate next semester.
Hype Anthem: “Big Shot” (Billy Joel)
“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”
Katherine Koster of Chicago, Illinois is a senior majoring in Accountancy and Political Science. This is her first year with SDMT. Katherine also has ties to Model UN, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, Young Democrats, and ASU Catholic. She aspires to a career as a PD Office Murder Taskforce Member, co-counsel for impact litigation for criminalized/marginalized communities, or a foreign service bureaucrat. Katherine enjoys long train rides, good books, and English toffee.
Hype Anthem: “In Da Club” (50 Cent)
“Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.” – Pope Francis
Jillian Leaver of Tucson, Arizona is a junior in Barrett, the Honors College double majoring in Molecular Biosciences/Biotechnology (Genetic Engineering) and Neuroscience. This is her third year with SDMT. Besides SDMT, Jill works in a breast cancer lab at Mayo Clinic, at a breast cancer research lab at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and in a global health research lab in the School for Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at ASU. She co-founded and is the co-president of a women’s health nonprofit organization called CCAP (Cervical Cancer Awareness And Prevention) Across The Map. As if Jill wasn’t busy enough, she also lifts weights five days a week and reads a lot. Professionally trained in ballet, Jill channels her loyalty and aggression into getting to know her SDMT teammates and furthering her career goals. She wants to work at the intersection of law and medicine. Jill loves chicken nuggets, and if you ask nicely she’ll show you that she can wiggle her ears.
Hype Anthem: “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time” (Panic! at the Disco)
“Be like the stem cell and differentiate yourself.”
Asha Mahajani of Scottsdale, Arizona is a sophomore at Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Chemical Engineering with aspirations to become a patent lawyer. This is her second year with SDMT. Besides Mock Trial, Asha is involved with fencing club and Dumbledore’s Army. She would describe herself as patient, determined, and introspective. There is a piece of pencil lead in Asha’s palm, and it has been there for almost eleven years.
Hype Anthem: “Cale Chalo” (Lagaan, 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.” – Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer
Jackson Manship of Incline Village, Nevada is a freshman in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics). This is his first year with SDMT. This intuitive, charismatic, and athletic competitor can speak four languages and was a long-time water polo player. He is also involved with the Arizona Hyperloop (business and propulsion sub-teams) and Intramural flag football. This season, he is looking forward to winning and friendship. But mostly winning. Jackson loves a good steak.
Hype Anthem: “Hell & Back” (Kid Ink)
“I’m not bossy, I just have better ideas.”
Maria Mason of San Jose, California is a junior in Barrett, the Honors College, majoring in Political Science. This is her second year with SDMT. Maria is a senator for The College (capital T, capital C) in Undergraduate Student Government and a board member for BridgeASU. She also interns both at Arizona Crime Victims Law Group, an organization that works to give legal aide to victims of crime, and SolarSPELL, a nonprofit that provides educational resources to developing countries via a solar-powered offline hotspot. She aspires to a career that involves public speaking and helping people. Maria’s favorite SDMT memory is watching Nicole do the shoulder shimmy on the stand. Her celebrity lookalike or spirit animal is Jake Gyllenhaal.
Hype Anthem: “Memories” (CATS)
“This too shall pass.”
Maya Morken of Tucson, Arizona is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Finance. This is her second year with SDMT. This sushi-lover is looking forward to getting to know the newbies and having a competitive season. Her favorite Mock Trial memory is, “Your Honor, I think everybody knows what time it is.” Outside of Mock, Maya’s time is divided between fraternizing with Alpha Kappa Psi, serving as a Residential Engagment Leader, and facilitating a WPC 101 class. Maya takes her coffee iced and with coconut milk.
Hype Anthem: “9 to 5” (Dolly Parton)
Jordan Morris of Queen Creek, Arizona is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Philosophy and Justice Studies. This is her second year with SDMT. She is looking forward to working with new teammates, actually learning the rules of evidence, and eating only Pad Thai at every team dinner for the rest of her Mock career. Jordan’s thumbs are double-jointed.
Hype Anthem: “DNA” (Kendrick Lamar)
“To define is to limit.” – Oscar Wilde
Sydney Myers of Phoenix, Arizona is a freshman in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in French. This is her first year with SDMT. Sydney loves pasta, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” and surviving. This season, she is looking forward to working on her skills while wearing a bow tie!
Hype Anthem: “Bring It On” (Bring It On The Musical)
“I want Death to find me planting my cabbages, neither worrying about it nor the unfinished gardening.” – Michael de Montaigne
Gabrielle Paffumi from Mesa, Arizona is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Biochemistry and Philosophy. This is her second year with SDMT. Gabby is a lover, dreamer, and hopeless romantic who wants to be a lawyer for the FDA. She describes her ideal business casual look as consisting of a crisp electric blue suit with a billowy white pussy bow blouse and beige kitten heels. This season, she is looking forward to improving her speaking skills and bonding with the newbies.
Hype Anthem: “Silly Love Songs” (The Wings)
“I love you.” – Mama Paffumi
Nithya Raman of Phoenix, Arizona is a freshman in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Political Science. This is her first year with SDMT. On campus, Nithya is also a part of LSP and SGSC, and she has been doing dance (Bharanthanatyam) for the past twelve years. She aspires to one day practice corporate law and continue to make her parents proud. Nithya loves shark movies. Nithya is scared of sharks.
Hype Anthem: “Cash Shit” (Megan Thee Stallion)
“Live life to the fullest today because you don’t know if there’ll be a tomorrow.”
Adam Scarborough of Houston, Texas is a freshman in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Philosophy (Morality, Politics, Law). This is his first year with SDMT. When he is not playing pickup basketball or writing pretty bomb poetry, Adam can be found eating grilled chicken sandwiches with BBQ sauce and dreaming about defending a famous rapper/athlete on a double murder charge. Adam’s spirit animal is Kawhi Leonard, and he stays cool, calm, and collected even as his teammates repeatedly reference the “Ad-uhm” Vine.
Hype Anthem: “Lost” (Chance the Rapper)
Alexandra Shaible of Lakeville, Minnesota is a freshman majoring in Global Studies and Creative Writing. This is her first year with SDMT. Aria plays the ukulele; protests climate change; and is also involved in ASU Young Democrats, Arizona Jews for Justice, and Amy for America. She loves mashed potatoes, and she takes her coffee black and in the biggest mug she can find. This girl scout is a Legally Blonde fanatic – hopefully you’ll catch her at Harvard Law in a few years!
Hype Anthem: “Sorry Not Sorry” (Demi Lovato)
“People will stare. Make it worth their while.”
Hunter Swartz of Lawrence Township, Ohio is a freshman majoring in Business Law. This is his first year with SDMT. Hunter is also involved in the Army ROTC, Run Club, and 942 crew. He spends his time watching Black Hawk Down or college football, programming algorithms for the crowd-sourced hedge fund Quantopian, and winning. Hunter’s celebrity lookalike is Remi Malek, and if the courtroom were a red carpet you could find Hunter styled in a sport coat, turtleneck, wool chinos or trousers, and sleds. Hunter’s beverage of choice is water.
Hype Anthem: “Symphony No. 1 in C Major” (Ludwig van Beethoven)
“Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis.”
Brandon Weiland of Phoenix, Arizona is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This is his second year with SDMT. Brandon likes Mountain Dew, meaty pasta, making Chewbacca noises, and bike rides through the rain. He is excited to compete and travel with the team.
Hype Anthem: “Paralyzed” (Dream Theater
“Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”
Paul Wood of Tempe, Arizona is a sophomore in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Psychology, Political Science, and Sociology. This is his second year with SDMT. Paul is a big fan of being very dramatic with this year’s case, The Macho Man Randy Savage, and the Cowboy Fast Draw Association. His favorite Mock Trial memory is sitting down on Stipulation 3. Paul can’t wait to crush it this season!
Hype Anthem: “The Hitman” (Queen)
“I am the cream of the crop. And the cream always rises to the top.”
Justyn Zeider of Tucson, Arizona is a junior in Barrett, the Honors College majoring in Psychology & Justice Studies. This is his first year with SDMT. Outside of Mock Trial, Justyn has ties to Temptations A Cappella, the United Nations Association, and his job. Don’t be fooled by his enthusiasm for trashy TV shows… Justyn is both goofy and driven – he aspires to feel fulfilled. He doesn’t have to be the happiest, richest, or best; this Leo just wants to enjoy life and help others.
Hype Anthem: “Nobody” (Mitski)