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Pupils through to Law Society debating tournament final

20 March 2013 | tagged News release

Top talking pupils from four Scottish schools have won a place in the final of the Law Society of Scotland's Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

Going through to the finals are:

  • Iona Bonaventura and Lydia Reilly, Kirkcudbright Academy
  • Tomas Sanders and Morag Forbes, Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen
  • Simon Boendermaker and Marcus Buist, Glenalmond College, Perthshire
  • Caitlin Sutherland and Shannon Russell, St Margaret's Academy, Livingston

Heather McKendrick, Development Officer in the Society's Education and Training Department, said: "The semi finals are very tricky as the teams are only presented with the motion they are to debate that day so have very little time to prepare their arguments - it really tests their skills as debaters."

The teams will compete for the top spot at the final in June this year.

The annual competition, which is now the biggest schools' debating tournament in Scotland, is sponsored by Simpson and Marwick solicitors and Hodder Gibson publishers, and each year invites pupils from schools across Scotland to pit their wits and powers of persuasion against each other.


Note to editors

The schools taking part in the semi finals of the tournament are listed below - the host school is indicated.


11 March (Dundee)

  • Nairn Academy
  • Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen
  • Menzieshill High, Dundee (Host)
  • High School of Dundee

13 March (Renfrewshire)

  • Kirkcudbright Academy
  • Craigmount High, Edinburgh
  • St Aloysius' College, Glasgow
  • Linwood High (Host)

14 March (Edinburgh)

  • Dollar Academy
  • High School of Glasgow
  • Craigmount High (Host)
  • St Margaret's Academy

14 March (Abronhill)

  • Lenzie High
  • Trinity High
  • Abronhill High (Host)
  • Glenalmond College, Perthshire


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Olivia Bambridge on 0131 226 7411

20 March 2013

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