Mackie Academy team triumph

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A team from Mackie academy have scooped the top prize in a public speaking competition.

The team from Mackie beat four other Schools in the final to win the North of Scotland Schools’ Senior Public Speaking Competition 2012.

Andrew Dickinson, James Johnson and Emily Esson beat teams from Keith Grammar School, St Margaret’s School and Robert Gordon’s College in the final on March 14.

Mrs Kay Clare who teaches English at the Academy organises public speaking and debating activities in the Academy.

The final took place in Aberdeen and was sponsored by Aberdeen St Fittick Rotary, finalists could speak on any topic of their choice.

Judges at the final were; Mrs Margaret Christie was who presiding judge, supported by Mrs Janice Hepburn and Mrs Marty Donaldson. All three are experienced judges of Debating and Public Speaking Competitions.

In her summing up, Presiding Judge Mrs Margaret Christie said: “We have had a wonderful evening. Every team was excellent.”

Mrs Christie advised speakers on a number of issues, including the need to slow down, for clarity. She said that topics had been interesting, well-researched and well-tackled throughout.

She said: “Vocabulary has been used in complex ways. Questions have been answered in the same vocabulary as in the speeches.”

Mrs Christie announced that the unanimous view of the judges was that the N.O.S.S. trophy for Public Speaking for 2012 had been awarded to Mackie Academy.