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Tour Guide Spotlight: Abbie Caudill ’13

1 Dec

Abbie Caudill ’13

Hometown: Urbana, OH

Majors(s)/Minor(s): Psychology and Religion

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I am the captain of the mock trial team and a member of Active Minds.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer at the local elementary school and babysit for families in the area.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I love music and The Office.

Favorite weekend activity?Tubing the Maury River in the spring.

Favorite thing about Lexington? The views are absolutely breathtaking, no matter what time of year it is.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Christmas weekend my sophomore year.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? I had dinner at one of my professor’s houses with my class and it was one of the best and most fun nights I have had at Washington and Lee.


Mock Trial

31 Oct

One of my favorite parts about fall term is getting to know all of the new members on our Mock Trial team. While I have been competing since my first year, I was elected President for this year so this team will always have a special place in my heart. We have almost as many first year students as returning members this year, so getting to know everyone has been a lot of fun. From the hours we spend in the law school to the times we are just sitting in our coach’s kitchen, Mock Trial will always be one of the closest group of friends that I have ever had.

This year, it has all definitely been time well spent! Both our A team and our B team recently competed in their first invitational tournaments. Our A team travelled to Elon, North Carolina and ended up getting 7th place out of 24 teams. Since our first invitational is usually spent working the bugs out and getting the new people used to competing (it was the first time some of them have ever been in a round!) 7th definitely is an accomplishment. The next weekend, our B team went to Atlanta, Georgia and took 5th at their tournament! Needless to say, everyone has made me very proud and every member of the team has been working extremely hard. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year holds!


7 Feb

As captain of one of our Mock Trial teams, there are few weekends I enjoy more than the first weekend of February, otherwise known as the weekend of our regional competition. This year was no exception as we travelled down to UNC to compete. In spite of the rain on Saturday, it was a wonderful weekend. Both of our teams did very well and one placed second, meaning W&L will be going on to the first level of national competition in March. Spending the weekend with the team really reminded me why I love W&L Mock Trial so much: the people. My teammates are my best friends, my support system, my comic relief when I am having a bad day. I don’t know if there is a more diverse, passionate, and hard-working group, and it is only at W&L that a group like ours can come together. I am a Psychology and Religion major with no plans to go on to law school, yet I am able to participate in Mock Trial. I don’t do it to fill a class requirement, to go toward my major, or to prepare me for graduate school. I do it because I enjoy it. That freedom to have a variety of experiences is one of my favorite parts of W&L. Just like a biology major can be the lead in the musical and a pre-med student can major in religion, I am allowed to choose what I want to do from an infinite spectrum, which is something that I would be limited from anywhere else. I’m so thankful for my team and I can’t wait until March!