Portree and Plockton pupils scoop prizes at Youth Speaks event

The annual Isle of Skye Rotary Club Youth Speaks competition saw prizes going to primary and secondary school pupils from Portree and Plockton.

Held in the Aros Theatre in Portree, the recent debating event attracted entries from Skye primary schools as well as their senior counterparts at Plockton and Portree high schools.

The judging panel of Canon Fred Baillie, Dr David Syme and rotarian Andrew Norman had an extremely difficult task in separating the speakers, who all presented well-researched topics with articulate delivery.

Portree Primary School’s B group of Cameron MacPherson, Freya King and Daniel MacDonald were named the winners of the primary school section for their presentation on “the importance of exercise to the young people of Scotland”. In addition, Cameron was named the best overall speaker in all competitions.

In the S1-3 section the Portree High School trio of Rona Stewart, Kirsty Watt and Mairead Smith came out on top with their Remembrance Day observation “why we must never forget”. Mairead, who was chair, was also awarded the gavel.

The final prize, for S4-6, went to Plockton High pupils Samuel Parsons, Dylan Bone and Ciorstaidh Galloway, who gave a talk on “through the lens”.