Pupils prove the truth is out there

Young­sters en­joy de­bat­ing con­spir­acy the­o­ries

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

For­tu­nately there were no tin foil hats on dis­play when pupils at Coat­bridge High de­bated a num­ber of high-pro­file con­spir­acy the­o­ries – all in the aid of good, com­pet­i­tive fun.

The school hosted a public speak­ing work­shop for First Year pupils and the well- in­formed young­sters dis­played ex­cel­lent en­thu­si­asm to de­liver su­perb speeches with very lit­tle warn­ing or prepa­ra­tion time.

The af­ter­noon ended with a com­pe­ti­tion where pupils had to write a short speech and vote at their groups for the best.

The six finest com­peti­tors then went head- to- head with con­spir­acy the­o­ries, in­clud­ing Hitler sur­viv­ing World War II, the Loch Ness Mon­ster and aliens build­ing the pyra­mids – the theme for the event.

Judges and Sec­ond Year stu­dents, Sarah Mansey, Ab­bie Aitken and Oliver McGuire had the un­en­vi­able task of pick­ing the over­all win­ners and crowned Michael McNally as the cham­pion per­former.

Fin­ish­ing a close sec­ond and third were Devyn Lap­pin and Dar­ren Daw­son re­spec­tively, with the fi­nal three all tack­ling the Hitler sur­vival sub­ject.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion awards were also handed out to Wil­liam McGu­gan, Kirsten Car­lyle and Eryka McDon­ald for their crack­ing con­tri­bu­tions.

A Coat­bridge High spokesper­son said: “Many thanks go to for­mer pupil Fraser Burns for fa­cil­i­tat­ing the af­ter­noon, and to all staff for their sup­port in al­low­ing pupils out of class for the work­shop.

“All of the young­sters who were in­volved will re­ceive Mer­its for whole school par­tic­i­pa­tion and had a lot of fun tak­ing part.”

Con­spir­acy king Michael McNally was de­lighted to re­ceive the top honour

Su­per speaker There was noth­ing sus­pi­cious about third place go­ing to Dar­ren Daw­son

Close sec­ond Devyn Lap­pin fin­ished a well-de­served run­ner-up

All ears Pupils lis­ten in­tently to the speeches

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