Heathwood’s Youth in Government Trial Team was thrilled to finish first in the State last November and win a berth in this summer’s National Judicial Competition. But they were even more excited when they learned they achieved an extremely rare perfect score .
The SC State Bar Association can not recall any other team getting a perfect score. “If we were a football team, this would be as if we scored every time we touched the ball and never allowed the other team to score at all.”
“I never aspired to get a perfect score,” said team member Lexie Colwell, ’19. “When we got the ballots back, I didn’t even know what to feel.”
“It was a huge accomplishment for the whole team,” said Marra Edwards, ’19.
Captains Alyce Petit, ’18 and Emma Shealy, ’18, and freshman Madeline Ashcraft, ’20 round out the team that will compete in the National Judicial Conference. All five girls and their coach attribute their success not just to talent but to hard work and a love of what they do. “The most important thing is preparation,” said Marra. “The amount of work we put in shows.”
“We do live in this room,” said Barbara Petit of the team’s practice space. “These girls have achieved their success because they put in the work. They’re always thinking about how to get better—it’s not at all uncommon that they are texting each other at 6 a.m. or 10 p.m.” Competing at a national level takes work and dedication.
“It’s fun to come to practice. I come in here and I’m so excited to do this. I want to push my teammates and have them push me, so that we all keep getting better.” Lexie Colwell professed.
“It’s a very unique group of people,” added Emma. “We come from different social circles, but we all fit together well on this team.”
Alyce explained, “Madeline, as a freshman, was beating seniors at YIG, because of the work we all put in.”
Next up for the team is the SC Bar Association’s Regional Mock Trial Competition at the end of this month, followed by a trip to the State competition if they perform well at Regionals. Then they’ll be preparing for the YIG National Judicial Competition, which takes place in Chicago in July.
Having accomplished so much already, the bar they’ve set for themselves going forward is very high. “Just knowing we can get a perfect score,” said Marra, “makes me want to do it again and again.”