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Welcome from Mock Trial President

Hi, my name is Kristen Pulkstenis, and I have been elected President of the American University Mock Trial Team for the 2014-2015 season.

As a rising senior, I have had the privilege of watching AUMT undergo a full metamorphosis. When I joined AUMT in the first week of my freshman year 3 years ago, the team was only a couple of years old, had never competed at the National Championship Tournament, and was just getting used to some new coaching staff.

Three short years later, AUMT has become a recognized name on the nationally competitive level, with three competitive teams, four coaches, a record of over fifty individual awards, several tournament wins, a dozen team awards, and two Spirit of AMTA awards for sportsmanlike conduct. And as we have grown, so has our wonderful support from American University and the School of Public Affairs, who have, as of last year, taken us in as a true academic program. We now host our own invitational tournament, the WONK Trial Invitational, and compete yearly with dozens of universities from California to New York.

After my first year with AUMT, and just in the prime of our growth, I served on AUMT’s Executive Board as Secretary for two years. I am honored now to have the opportunity to continue giving back to an organization that has given me so much as President. With talent running deep from our seniors to our freshmen, to our family atmosphere, to our maybe-a-little-crazy enthusiasm and work ethic, AUMT is continuing its trajectory to the top of the competitive mock trial field as a team with a reputation for excellence in performance, competition, and integrity.

If this is the kind of organization you’d like to join, I hope you’ll reach out to the team. We recruit early in the year, hit the ground running, and will be looking for a new crop of family members to add to our team come August. I hope you’ll take a look now at the “Join the Team” page, and, if you have any questions, email our Executive Board at American.Mocktrial@gmail.com.

Thanks for taking the time to look us up, and we’ll see you in the courtroom.

Kristen Pulkstenis

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