Every year, the team and coaches vote on an MVP. The award is named in honor of Chris Lagod, the founder of the program. Former recipients include Andy Parker (2015), Annie Kim (2016), and Colton Conley (2017). This year’s winner, in a field with more nominated candidates than ever before, is senior Tiffany Tam.
Tiffany finishes her Menlo Mock Trial career as the single-most-awarded competitor to ever represent MMT, with the second-most cases representing MMT, and with one of the most dominant senior seasons of any competitor. She was on teams that won 2 Providence Titles, 1 NorCal Title, and 4 County Titles (a perfect 40-0); her teams ranked at the State Championship in 3/4 years.
As a freshman, Tiffany began as a Junior Varsity Opening Attorney, for which she won a NorCal Honorable Mention Award, and then performed as the Unofficial Timer on the 2015 State Team. As a sophomore, Tiffany was a Varsity Middle Attorney on the 2016 State Team, which made the final round. As a junior, Tiffany became only the fourth competitor for Menlo to earn the CRF Closing Attorney role before her senior year; she again earned Honorable Mention status at NorCal, then Honorable Mention status at County, and then Honorable Mention status at the Gladiator World Championships. In her Senior Season, Tiffany repeated as Prosecution Closer, where she received a 2nd place individual award at NorCal, a 1st Place County Award, and will again head to the Gladiator World Championships this summer. She performed as Prosecution Closer and Defense Opener for the State Championships.
Tiffany’s Senior County Performance was remarkably dominant, earning her the most award nominations of any competitor, for any role, in the history of San Mateo County. She also earned Menlo’s first individually perfect scored round of the 10-point era, and first ever perfect score for a trial attorney (County R1, 3 exams + closing, all 10/10). Tiffany hopes to continue mock trial for NYU come fall.