Fernhill duo debate way to glory
Two pupils at a Rutherglen school proved they had the gift of the gab when they won a nationwide debating contest.
Ella McIndoe and Erin McQuillan of Fernhill School fended off competition from 60 schools across the country to reach the final of the 2016 Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal (COPFS) National Public Speaking Competition.
The final was held at Parliament House in Edinburgh, and it proved to inspire the pair as they beat off the challenge of Kirkcaldy High School and Speyside High School.
The topic for the national final was: “If I was appointed Scottish Government Minister responsible for equality then the first things I would do are… because…”
The judges for the final were Alex Prentice QC, Lesslie Young, chief executive of Epilepsy Scotland and COPFS deputy crown agent, John Dunn. Ella and Erin set out how they would change the hearts and minds of people to improve inequalities surrounding gender, disability and education.
Presenting the trophy to the winners Lesslie Young, Chief of Epilepsy Scotland said:“It is inspiring to see young people tackle such challenging subjects that are so relevant to our society today.“
No debate Ella McIndoe and Erin McQuillan show off their prize