Congratulations: The Mock Trial Society makes the case


The Mock Trial Society has had quite a year.

Each year, mock trial teams from across the country participate in mock trials. The students act as lawyers and witnesses, pleading both sides of a fictional court case throughout the season. This year’s case involved aggravated arson.

Last fall, the Dartmouth club fielded two teams in the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Mock Trial Invitational Tournament, placing first and second. In addition, seven students won individual prizes, the most the company has ever received in a tournament, said team chairman Harish Tekriwal ’21, a quantitative social scientist and government expert.

And for the second year in a row, both company teams qualified for the opening championship series. Dylan Griffith ’25, Archita Harathi ’22 and Olivia Rateau ’24 each picked up awards at the championship, which was held in Chicago over spring break.

Currently, Dartmouth is one of only two Ivies — the other is Yale — to have multiple mock trial teams ranked in the top 100 nationally, says Tekriwal, who, along with vice president and president-elect Annmarie Allos, has co-captain one of the teams.

Having completed what Tekriwal describes as the Dartmouth Mock Trial Society’s most successful year to date, the team is now looking forward to the future.

“We are delighted to welcome a new class of 26 year olds and to continue to grow the Dartmouth Mock Trial program.”


Catherine Morrowphysician and associate professor of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth Health, was named New Hampshire’s 2022 Family Physician of the Year by the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians.

“Morrow has made significant contributions to the medical school curriculum in primary care settings and continues to be a passionate advocate for the role of primary care within and outside of the academic healthcare system,” the academy wrote in the announcement.

The New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians, an association of family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students, supports public health practice and public education in medicine.


Six Dartmouth students have been recognized for their entries in the American Council of Teachers of Russian National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest 2022. Winners were chosen from 973 essays submitted by 58 colleges and universities across the country in very unusual circumstances.

In announcing the award, ACTR wrote: “A huge thank you to this year’s judges who, despite fleeing Russia shortly after the invasion of Ukraine, heroically stepped in on short notice to read and classify all essays.”

Research Assistant Professor Alfia Rakovadirector of the language program at Department of Russian wrote: “Their topic this year was ‘Home’ and you can only imagine how difficult it is for our Ukrainian students.”

The winners in the category “students who do not and have never spoken Russian or any other Slavic language at home, in the community, or who studied it before college” were: Ellie Brown ’25, bronze; Alexander Azar ’25 and Alexander Joel ’25, honorable mention.

The winner in the category of “native or heritage speakers of a Slavic language other than Russian and languages ​​of the former Soviet Union who may have had minimal prior experience of Russian” was: Nathan Syvash ’25, a speaker native of Ukrainian, Gold .

The winners in the category “Traditional Russian speakers and students from the former Soviet Union with more than minimal previous language experience” were: Zhenia Dubrova ’24, gold; and Marta Hulievska ’25, Silver, both from Ukraine.


Chukwuka Odigbo ’25 has been selected to participate in the Expanding Diversity in Economics Summer Institute hosted by the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago. The Summer Institute is designed for talented undergraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds who have an interest in economics.

Odigbo grew up in Nsukka, Nigeria, and is interested in applying computer science to problem solving in developing country economies, according to the announcement from the Friedman Institute.


Daniel Lam ’22 was selected as the 2022 White House Correspondents Association Fellow and attended the WHCA’s annual dinner in Washington on April 30. Lam, who will work as an NBC News Summer Fellow, also attended a White House press briefing.

He previously interned at National Public Radio.


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