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Dingwall Academy come top of the class in national final 

19/06/2017   |  North & West Highland; South & Mid Highland 

Dingwall Academy secured first place at the 2017 Rock Challenge Scottish Final on Friday.

They were one of four schools representing Highland at the event which aims to inspire, engage and motivate young people to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices.

Over 1,700 people attended the event at Dundee’s Caird Hall which saw the Ross-shire school come top of the class.

Invergordon Academy and Alness Academy, the defending champions, came third and fifth respectively while Thurso High School also proudly represented Highland at the event, which was attended by sponsors, local authority figures and special guests.

The initiative is organised by the Be Your Best Foundation and supported by Safer Highland and the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, both of which are multi-agency partnerships that promote community safety.

The Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership development manager Sharon Holloway said: “Congratulations to all of the Highland schools who took part in this fantastic event. The hard work the pupils have put into this was reflected by the high level of performances on display.

“Everyone who performed should be very proud to have played a part in such a brilliant evening. These events play an important part of our prevention strategy through utilising the performing arts to make positive life choices that encourage youngsters to be their best without the use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco.”

The Highland Council’s director of care and learning Bill Alexander said: “The final of Rock Challenge is a wonderful event. It’s the combination of months and months of activity for all the young people. They have been working hard at this all throughout the year and it’s just wonderful that they get to enjoy it so much in front of a sold-out crowd.”

Superintendent Ross Mackillop from Police Scotland said: “The final was absolutely brilliant. I was blown away by the talent and enthusiasm from everyone who performed.”

The Be Your Best Foundation’s patron, Baroness Ruth Henig said: “The event was absolutely fantastic and full of action. I think the themes are really imaginative and the energy of the young people really fires you up. It was a wonderful evening.”

Photograph courtesy of Nick Scott Photography

Further information

Andrew Devlin 
Communications Manager 
01463 704723