The eighth  public speaking competition for schools in Lanarkshire, organised by the Lanarkshire Lieutenancy,   was held on 16th May 2024  at the Sir John Wilson Town Hall  , Airdrie   with the following schools taking part:

Coltness High School

Lesmahagow  High School

St Margaret’s High School

Stonelaw 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 Retired Managing Partner of Campbell Riddell Breeze Paterson , Solicitors    and also included :

Karen Lawrie – Retired Principal Teacher of English and Exam Invigilator   ;

Chris Wilson – Managing Partner at Sharles , Accountants     ; and

Alison Rennie – Retired English Teacher at Duncanrig School , and Assessor at Glasgow University .

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 Lesmahagow  High School  team of :

Charlie Bauld

Murray Callan

Aaron Cameron

Liv Jeffrey

Jennifer Pate

Ellis McAra

Lauren Steele

Teachers – Louise Parsons and Lauryn McMillan  .                           .

 Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Lady Haughey CBE said ” All four teams had obviously researched Citizenship extremely well and thoroughly prepared their presentations . The high standards achieved were amazing  and   all of the pupils participating  should be very proud of their contribution  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