Forfar place third in Rock Challenge

Forfar Academy perform at the Rock Challenge Scottish Finals. Picture by Nick Scott Photography

Forfar Academy perform at the Rock Challenge Scottish Finals. Picture by Nick Scott Photography

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Forfar Academy took third place in the 2016 Be Your Best Rock Challenge Scottish Final.

Eleven schools from Angus, Kinross-shire, Aberdeenshire and The Highlands competed. The top spot was taken by Alness Academy, with Fraserburgh Academy in second place.

Also representing Angus, was Arbroath Academy, who picked up a variety of awards - including the Rock Challenge Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement.

The event, held at The Caird Hall, was performed to a completely sold out audience and was supported by Pauline Quirk Academy, Ansvar Insurance, Angus Council, The Safer Highlands Partnership and Police Scotland Choices for Life.

Director of Care and Learning at Highland Council Mr Bill Alexander attended the event, presented first place and commented: “Tonight’s event is the finale of months and months of preparation by 11 schools. For these young people it’s been a fantastic event but what it has done for them, their self-confidence, self-esteem, their ability to achieve is just incredible and it’s been a wonderful night.”

Deputy Schools and Learning Governor for Angus Council, Councillor Sheena Walsh commented: “I thought tonight’s performance was absolutely fantastic, I really couldn’t have predicted which school was going to win because everyone was so good – anyone could have won! I think all the young people taking part should be really proud of themselves.”

Be Your Best Foundation Director Ian Readhead also shared his thoughts following the show: “I think it is an absolutely great final- there is something special about coming to Scotland, real community spirit, high octane all night the standard was superb and what a great reaction from the team that won!”

Executive producer of the Global Rock Challenge Peter Sjoquist added: “After 29 years of Rock Challenge, tonight was really exciting. I was delighted with the quality of the performances, but it shows the community spirit too and that’s one of the most important things in the Rock Challenge that we work together to provide a good time and a great educational experience for young people.”

The awards list from Friday, June 17, was:

Safer Highland Award of Excellence for Choreography - Alness Academy, Forfar Academy, Fraserburgh Academy and Dingwall Academy.

Pauline Quirke Academy Award of Excellence for Performance Skill - Alness Academy, Forfar Academy, Kinross High School, Fraserburgh Academy and Dingwall Academy.

Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Award of Excellence for Stage Use - Alness Academy, Forfar Academy and Dingwall Academy.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Award of Excellence for Concept - Alness Academy, Forfar Academy and Fraserburgh Academy.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Drama - Alness Academy, Forfar Academy, Fraserburgh Academy, Mintlaw Academy and Thurso High School.

Highland Council Award of Excellence for Soundtrack - Arbroath Academy, Alness Academy, Invergordon Academy, Kinross High School, Fraserburgh Academy, Dingwall Academy and Thurso High School.

Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Award of Excellence for Set Design and Function - Alness Academy, Invergordon Academy, Forfar Academy, Fraserburgh Academy, Mintlaw Academy and Dingwall Academy.

Buchan Embroidery Award of Excellence for Costuming Character - Alness Academy, Millburn Academy, Invergordon Academy, Forfar Academy, Fraserburgh Academy, Turriff Academy, Mintlaw Academy and Dingwall Academy.

Choices for Life Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement - Arbroath Academy, Alness Academy, Millburn Academy, Invergordon Academy, Forfar Academy, Fraserburgh Academy, Turriff Academy, Mintlaw Academy and Dingwall Academy.

Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Entertainment - Arbroath Academy, Alness Academy, Millburn Academy, Invergordon Academy, Forfar Academy, Kinross High School and Fraserburgh Academy.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Lighting - Arbroath Academy, Alness Academy, Invergordon Academy, Forfar Academy, Fraserburgh Academy, Turriff Academy and Thurso High School.

Aberdeenshire Council Award of Excellence for Stage Crew - Invergordon Academy, Forfar Academy and Fraserburgh Academy.

Janome Award of Excellence for Video Performance - Forfar Academy, Kinross High School, Fraserburgh Academy, Turriff Academy and Millburn Academy.

Choices for Life Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge - Alness Academy.

Ansvar Insurance Award for Performers’ Choice - Alness Academy.

Rock Challenge Award for Achievement in Drug Awareness - Forfar Academy.

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Student Leadership - Forfar Academy.

Rock Challenge Award for School Community Support - Arbroath Academy.

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Healthy Lifestyle - Arbroath Academy.

Rock Challenge Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement - Arbroath Academy.

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Positive Inclusion - Forfar Academy.