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21 June, 2005

Young Scots 'will shape the future of this country'

Last Thursday young people from Scotland were presented with their awards for winning the National Youth Parliament Competition (Holyrood Model) 2005.

Holyrood competition winners 2005.
Winners of the National Youth Parliament Competition, Holyrood model, 2004-05
Pupils from Angus, Ayr and Perthshire attended a prize-giving ceremony in the Scottish Parliament Chamber. Awarding the prizes were Jack McConnell, Scotland's First Minister, and George Reid, Presiding Officer.

The winners were chosen by a panel of MSPs. Montrose Academy in Angus was named the overall winner and also picked up awards for Best Backbench MSP, Best Opposition Spokesperson (Question Time) and Best First Minister. Belmont Academy, Ayr, won Best Question Time, as well as awards for Best Opposition Spokesperson in the debate and Best Presiding Officer. The prize for Best Minister went to Morrison’s Academy, Perthshire.

“[these] award winners show what can be achieved when you set your sights high, when you have ambition and the determination to succeed," said Jack McConnell. "Scotland's young people will shape the future of this country."

The competition was hailed by George Reid as an 'excellent opportunity for Scottish students to study their own Parliament'.

"I hope that the National Youth Parliament Competition will continue to grow so that more young people can learn to participate and take responsibility in the political arena,” he said.

This is the second year that schools have been able to compete in a model of the National Youth Parliament Competition tailored to the Scottish political system.

For over a decade the competition has helped bring to life the process of politics and government, by offering young people the opportunity to set up and video their own parliamentary session.

“The National Youth Parliament Competition is a great way for youngsters to learn about politics and get hands on experience," said Euan Robson, Deputy Minister for Education and Young People.

“With Scotland hosting both the G8 and the World Youth Congress this summer, I am sure that even more youngsters will be inspired to take an interest in politics and consider how they can make a difference – both locally and globally.”


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