Mock Trial alumni,
Amy competed twice on behalf of Mackie Academy in Stonehaven. She had to fill in as a barrister at the last minute for the 2007 final when a team-mate had to pull out. Amy is now a qualified teacher, and still refers to the Bar Mock Trial Competition in her teaching.
In her own words
The Mock Trial experience was an amazing one for me. Although 'booksmart and outgoing, I never really felt that I was on par academically with a lot of my peers and I doubted my abilities significantly.
Having given a very nervous performance as a witness in the regional heats, it was by chance that one of the barristers in our team had to pull out before the UK finals and I semi-reluctantly stepped up to the plate.
Initially feeling completely out of my depth, I really enjoyed the buzz and it gave me a lot of confidence in taking on challenges I didn't think I could achieve.
Eight years on, I'm a qualified Modern Studies teacher in Aberdeenshire and I credit extra curricular activities like mock trial as important foundations for the many skills I have to use in the classroom.
I regularly refer to the mock trial competition when teaching my students about the court process and hope to lead my own team in the competition one day.
Being part of the mock trial process gave me so much confidence and made me realise that some experiences which start off as really scary end up forming amazing memories - something that I have definitely had to remind myself of in the formative years of my career.
Amy Fraser, April 2016