The sixth   public speaking competition for schools in Lanarkshire, organised by the Lanarkshire Lieutenancy,   was held on 18th May 2023   at the  Motherwell Concert Hall    with the following schools taking part:

Braidhurst High School

Carluke High School

Dalziel High School

Trinity High School


Three pupils from each team   spoke on the subject of ” Citizenship  in our Schools and Community ” and then answered questions posed by two pupils from another team .

The judging panel was chaired by the Anne Brophy LLB(Hons) Dip LP NP   and also included :

Graeme McLaughlin Chief Inspector , Police Scotland   ;

Kevin Moore OBE   ; and

Gavin Whitefield CBE DL Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lanarkshire   .

The standards  achieved by all schools taking part were again   exceptional focussing on the importance of citizenship and the benefits of immigration to the country .  Winners of the trophy, presented by Lord Lieutenant Lady Haughey CBE were the Dalziel  High School  team of :

Ethan Beggan

Brandon Simm

Olivia Thom

Alistair Crombie

Esme McKenzie                              .

 Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Lady Haughey CBE said ” Many congratulations again to  the four  schools taking part in this  competition ,  all of the pupils participating  should be very proud of their achievements and they were certainly all a credit to their respective schools .

Special thanks are due to North   Lanarkshire Council for hosting the event ,organiser  Andy Braidwood DL, master of ceremonies Sheriff Robert Dickson DL and  John McKenzie DL  who has been the driving force behind this initiative and ensured it’s continuing growth and success  , the judging panel   and  education staff who all worked so well as a team contributing to the success of the event “.

Posted by Gavin Whitefield