Fern­hill duo debate way to glory

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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