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Student gets winning verdict in legal reporting contest

Published on 23/07/18

An East Point Academy student has come first in a national competition for legal reporting.

Year 9 student Shalaina Hawe beat competitors across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in the Citizenship Foundation’s Court Reporter Competition 2018.

She was inspired to enter the contest after playing a vital role in East Point’s team in the Ipswich Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial earlier this year, where students learned about democracy by taking on roles in a fictional court case.

Entries for the writing contest were marked on their style, structure, use of language, accuracy, and length.

The judges told Shalaina: “This is a very impressive report. Your writing style is well-developed and you have paid sharp attention to detail, including correct use of grammar and punctuation.”

Mary-Jane King, literacy co-ordinator at East Point Academy, added: “This is a fantastic achievement. Shalaina has been driven to succeed and was supportive of her peers throughout the competition.”

Shalaina was presented with her award by magistrate Mike Cadman in a school assembly on July 10.

She said: “I enjoyed the whole experience, and I’m overwhelmed that I won."