Pupils prove the truth is out there
Youngsters enjoy debating conspiracy theories
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