Class of 2014

J.D. Capelouto 

2010-2014, witness

Boston University, pursuing B.A. in journalism


When you hear "Grady Mock Trial" what is the first thing that pops in your head?

Working hard and having that hard work pay off. 

What is a particular moment or event  that you recall from your time on mock trial that is most memorable? It could be a "favorite moment" or a "not-so-favorite" moment.

Winning an Outstanding Witness award at Empire my senior year - it's a super prestigious award and it was perfect for my last year at Empire. I felt so proud of my performance that competition and my team was so congratulatory and complementary, it was amazing. 

Have you found that any of your experiences during your time on the Mock Trial Team have had an impact on you? If so, please tell us about that.

As a witness, it certainly improved my acting skills. But more than anything, it really taught me that if you really work hard at something with a devoted team, you can achieve greatness. That sounds super cheesy, but I witnessed it happen multiple times while on the team - sophomore year comes to mind - it was my first time competing in a state case, I worked my butt off, the team was amazing, and we won state and then got 2nd at Nationals. 

Other than Mock Trial, how do you recall your time at Grady HS? 

Overally, it was a very enlightening experience. Going to a very diverse public school is incredibly eye-opening, especially when you then go to a not-very-diverse private college. 

Extracurriculars were everything. My senior year I was Editor-in-Chief of The Southerner, the school paper, and it was by the most rewarding experience I've taken part in my whole life. It helped me realize my true passion (journalism), I got to learn under amazing advisors, I honed my leadership skills, and we put out fantastic work that won multiple national and state awards.

What are some experiences that have helped you get where you are today?

Finding out what I love and want and viciously pursuing it. 

Any advice or words of wisdom that you have for current  Grady Mock Trial Team Members or more recent alumni?

Find what you love and want and viciously pursue it. 

If you went to college or graduate school- please tell us where you went, the degrees you earned, and what you were looking for from your college experience and what you actually took from it? 

I received the Full-Tuition Posse Foundation Leadership Scholarship to Boston University, where I'm pursuing a journalism degree with a statistics minor. I wanted big school in a big city with a good communications school and went for it. 

If you have not finished your formal education, what are you working on now and what are your plans when you do finish?

I'm Campus Editor of the school paper at BU, The Daily Free Press, which I love doing. After graduation, I hope to have a job at a newspaper in a big city. We will see. 

Would you be willing to act as a mentor or guide in certain areas? If so, in what areas would you be willing to mentor or guide students or younger alumni?

Of course! If anyone has questions about or is thinking about applying for the Posse Scholarship, hit me up! Also I'd be happy to talk to anyone who is interested in mock trial or journalism (or communication in general). 

If you would like to contact J.D., email him at jdcap@bu.edu


Josh Weinstock

2010-2014, timekeeper & attorney

George Washington University, pursuing B.A. 


What is a particular moment or event  that you recall from your time on mock trial that is most memorable? It could be a "favorite moment" or a "not-so-favorite" moment.

My favorite moment on mock trial was the feeling we had as a team after the final round of nationals my sophomore year. We knew that whatever the evaluators told us was the result, that we knew who the best team in the country was. 


Have you found that any of your experiences during your time on the Mock Trial Team have had an impact on you? If so, please tell us about that.

Mock trial teaches you work ethic and how to organize your ideas into coherent arguments.


Other than Mock Trial, how do you recall your time at Grady HS? 

I was also on the Southerner and playing frisbee for the team at Grady. 

What did you do after graduating from Grady? 

I am a sophomore at George Washington University in Washington D.C.

I am undecided on a major but thinking about political science and economics


Would you be willing to act as a mentor or guide in certain areas? If so, in what areas would you be willing to mentor or guide students or younger alumni?

Yes

To contact Josh, email him at joshyw518@gmail.com


Orli Hendler

2012-2014, witness & timekeeper

Emory University, pursuing B.A. 


When you hear "Grady Mock Trial" what is the first thing that pops in your head?

The close friendships I developed and all the experiences we had together. And of course all the inside jokes that occasionally still make their way into our conversations.


What is a particular moment or event  that you recall from your time on mock trial that is most memorable? It could be a "favorite moment" or a "not-so-favorite" moment.

My favorite, most rewarding moment of mock trial came during a cross examination senior year. I disputed a fact in one of the attorney's questions and he got very excited. He started going through impeachment questions as he walked back to council table to retrieve my affidavit. Yes, I remembered making a sworn affidavit, yes everything in it was true and correct, and no, I had nothing of significance to add. I stayed calm answering these questions confident in my knowledge of my witness statement and waiting for the moment that would become my favorite mock trial experience. There was silence in the courtroom except for the sound of the attorney flipping through the pages of my statement. I watched his face as he found the line he was looking for, read it a couple times over, then finally conceded his mistake. He returned the affidavit to council table, made some comment about moving on and I had to stay in character and hold back my smile. The benefits of knowing your witness affidavit back to front.


Have you found that any of your experiences during your time on the Mock Trial Team have had an impact on you? If so, please tell us about that.

Mock Trial has helped me understand legal processes and has fostered and interest in the justice system. Although I don't intend upon becoming a lawyer, I am always glad to be able to turn on the radio or read an article about a case and understand what each side has to prove and why they use certain methods to achieve them. My brother and I will often point out themes and theme flips when listening to NPR play snippets from trials in their news stories.


Other than Mock Trial, how do you recall your time at Grady HS? 

I went to class each day, did my work, enjoyed my classmates and teachers, but my extra-curriculars consumed the majority of my time and energy. I played on the varsity soccer team, wrote for the Southerner and did mock trial. My extra-curricular activities top the list of things I miss about high school.


If you have not finished your formal education, what are you working on now and what are your plans when you do finish?

I am tentatively studying Linguistics, though I have not formally declared a major. After college I hope to travel before finding a job.


Would you be willing to act as a mentor or guide in certain areas? If so, in what areas would you be willing to mentor or guide students or younger alumni?

Sure, whatever I can help with!

If you would like to contact Orli, email her at orli.hendler@gmail.com or ohendle@emory.edu.


Michael Dillard

2010-2014, witness & timekeeper

Tufts University, pursuing B.A. 


When you hear "Grady Mock Trial" what is the first thing that pops in your head?

Hard Work and Team Work.


What is a particular moment or event  that you recall from your time on mock trial that is most memorable? 

Coming in 2nd at Nationals in Albuquerque when we know that we should have won.


Have you found that any of your experiences during your time on the Mock Trial Team have had an impact on you? If so, please tell us about that.

All of our long and hard practices really improved my work ethic. Just being on a team with a bunch of dedicated people helped me to see how you can work as a team to accomplish your goals. The overall experience challenged me to go beyond what I could learn in class.


Other than Mock Trial, how do you recall your time at Grady HS? 

Overall a good experience. It had its ups and downs with some interesting characters of both students and teachers. Ultimate Frisbee was my other major extra-curricular and it was great, a bunch of great people and coaches who will be friends for a lifetime. I was a cellist in the orchestra and I've always thought that it's important to be involved with music. I also did GNN, which I thought was pretty fun even though it's still kind of a developing program.


What did you do after graduating from Grady? 

I'm currently a student at college.

Tufts University, class of 2018. Right now I think I'm going for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Cognitive and Brain Science. I think an important part of college is networking and making new friends so you can connect later in the business world. I'm just looking for opportunities to get myself out there at the moment.


If you have not finished your formal education, what are you working on now and what are your plans when you do finish?

I'm looking to major in Cognitive and Brain Science, but I really don't know what exactly I'm going to do with that. I'm still exploring the different paths and careers I could take.


We are learning that Grady Mock Trial has its own language and each year's team tends to develop its own catchphrases or terms. What are some of the catchphrases or terms that you recall from your time on Grady Mock Trial? And if there's a story that goes with it, please share it.

"Go in" - a Troy Kleber classic that's a kind of a catch-all for telling someone that they did/are doing/should do a good job.

the Grady Mock Trial Draggins - our mascot was the draggin because the coaches were "draggin us across the finish line"

I'm sure there are several more but I can't bring them to mind right now.

Would you be willing to act as a mentor or guide in certain areas? If so, in what areas would you be willing to mentor or guide students or younger alumni?

Yeah, of course. I wasn't the superstar or anything on the team but I could help with witness stuff if needed. Or timekeeping, if you really want that. Also if you have any questions on college, the application process, or anything of that sort I'm open. Past that, I can't help you too much.

If you would like to contact Michael, email him at michaeldillard6@yahoo.com