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'Freedom' speech proves a winner for Nairn Academy pupil


By Gregor White

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Magnus Gunn receives the winner's trophy from club president John Marr.
Magnus Gunn receives the winner's trophy from club president John Marr.

A Nairn Academy pupil was the winner of a prestigious speechmaking competition held locally recently.

Magnus Gunn was one of three pupils taking part in Inverness Culloden Rotary Club’s annual Roger Hoskins Speechmaking Competition, held at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

In front of an audience of around 40 people he competed against Inverness Royal Academy’s Mark Fernando and Grace McConnachie, talking on the subject “My Biggest Concern for the Future is...”

In Magnus’s case that was freedom of speech – its importance and the reaction that different people have when that freedom is expressed.

Runners-up Mark Fernando and Grace McConnachie receive their certificates.
Runners-up Mark Fernando and Grace McConnachie receive their certificates.

Club member Duncan MacDonald said: “All three speeches were extremely good and gave the judges a very difficult task to choose a winner.

"After a great deal of deliberation it was agreed that Magnus Gunn had won the competition and he received the winner’s trophy and certificate.

“The two runners-up also received certificates and the winning school, Nairn Academy, also received a trophy which was accepted by staff member Joanna Kinghorn.”

The competition is held annually in memory of former President Roger Hoskins.


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