Former Carter High pupil wins 2015 Moot Court competition

2016-05-25 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Alyssa Joan Smith is inspired by the acronym ‘FINAO’ - failure is not an option.

PHOTO: supplied Alyssa Joan Smith is inspired by the acronym ‘FINAO’ - failure is not an option.

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CARTER High School song Justitia­ et Veritas epitomises the positive ethos that Alyssa Smith takes from her high-school years.

“Keep on striving for perfection” has been her mantra.

Smith matriculated from Carter High in 2014. In October 2015 she won the provincial Moot Court competition and was awarded Best Heads of Argument in the national Moot Court competition.

The Moot is a mock trial, where participants role-play legal practitioners, arguing a specific set of facts in an authentic court room. It is purposed to allow pupils the opportunity of experiencing practical aspects of law, such as the reality of legal research, legal drafting, oral advocacy as well as interaction with legal practitioners.

“Emerging triumphant throughout my Moot Court competition has been one of my most memorable achievements and has afforded me the reassurance that hard work and dedication definitely do pay off,” says Smith.

Currently studying towards an LLB law degree at Varsity College, Smith shares that law continually allows her to develop her intellect while enhancing skills of self-discipline and perseverance. She admits the amount of work is challenging, but this fits her character to a tee as she enjoys a good challenge.

Smith is inspired by the acronym “FINAO” as quoted by Gene Kranz, director­ of the Apollo, Gemini, and Space shuttle missions - “failure is not an option”.

To the class of 2016 at Carter High School, grab hold of the words “keep on striving for perfection” as you venture forward. It is not just the words that should be emphasised, but the challenge of taking the initiative to ensure those words are realised in every endeavour taken.

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