Pupils win speaking prizes


On Thursday, the Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright hosted its annual Rotary Youth Speaks competition at Kirkcudbright Academy.

There were 12 finalists, six from the junior school and six from the senior school.

The junior school finalists gave a fascinating insight into a group of diverse subjects and the judging panel of Mrs L Campbell Thomson, Mrs Caroline Ironmonger and Mr John Frew found the task of nominating a winner to be a real challenge.

First from the junior school was Clodagh Beattie of S3 talking about An (Un)Endangered Species, second was Magnus Riley S2 with the subject Do We Need Renewable Energy? and third was Alasdair Hanny of S1 giving a fascinating insight into the history of Concord. The Most Promising Speaker was Kayleigh Devlin S2, talking about Special People.

The senior school raised the bar this year, holding the audience with outstanding performances from all participants. The talk on Fluorescent Adolescent by Iona Bonaventura of S4 was awarded top marks by the judges, with Lydia Reilly of S4’s On Two Wheels coming second, and Iain McLeod of S6, with Drumming, a creditable third place.

The compere, Mr Gavin Scott, thanked the school and staff for their preparation and the participants, who were the stars on the evening. Mr Frew and Rotary president Anne Halliday presented the prizes. Refreshments were provided by senior pupils and the school’s Young Enterprise Company was on hand to sell its innovative wares.