Procurator Fiscal & Crown Office Speaking Champions

Congratulations to Morvern Carmichael (4S2) and Cameron Cochrane (3T2) for their outstanding success in the new national speaking competition – the Procurator Fiscal and Crown Office National Speaking Competition.

In this inaugural year of the competition the Charleston duo first won the Highlands final, then the North of Scotland final, and yesterday emerged as national winners at the Scottish final in Glasgow.

This prestigious speaking competition saw pupils from Shawlands Academy and Auchmuty High School compete with Charleston at the High Courts of the Justiciary in Glasgow. The judges were Lesley Thomson QC – Solicitor General for Scotland, Alex Prentice QC – Principal Crown Counsel for Scotland and John Dunn – Procurator Fiscal for East Scotland.

Members of our speakers club headed off early on Tuesday preparing to speak on the theme of ‘Gender Equality – No Chance.’

Morvern and Cameron practiced in the school minibus en route to Glasgow. They then rehearsed under Nelson’s Monument on Glasgow Green. Driver for the day, Mr Rob Seymour (PT Technical) commended their natural enthusiasm and lack of nerves throughout.

The group had fun despite the prestigious nature of the competition, but their natural fervour won the day and they came away champions. Thank you to Mr Seymour for driving there and back and for taking the photos. Special thanks to Mrs Kay Storey for mentoring and supporting the whole group throughout this competition. Well done everyone. The whole group are outstanding ambassadors for Charleston Academy and young people.

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