The five members of Scotland's schools debating team came head to head with First Minister Alex Salmond today during a visit to his official residence, Bute House in Edinburgh.
Team Scotland recently secured 3rd place from a field of 48 nations taking part in this year's World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC), hosted in Dundee and involving 240 competitors. Singapore were crowned winners.
Today the Scots team called in on the FM who also took the opportunity to congratulate the organisers who ensured the city's hosting of this year's championship was a success.
Afterwards the FM said:
"I was delighted to meet the young people who were selected to represent Scotland at this year's World Championships and to congratulate them in person for their achievement. Dundee also proved to be a fantastic host city for this year's event. The World Schools Debating Championship celebrates and exemplifies the achievements of young people in the global community. I am sure that the skills and attributes gained by having participated in the competition will be of great use and benefit to the young people in their lives and careers in the years to come."
The Scottish team this year comprised:
- Calum Worsley and Ruth Cameron, both Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire
- Alfie Hinchliffe and Charlie Holmes, both George Heriot's School, Edinburgh
- David McCreath, Aberdeen Grammar School
Mr Salmond also met: Irene McGrath, Convener, WSDC Dundee 2011, Co-Convenors Malcolm Smart and Gaynor Sullivan, and Adam McKinlay, Co-coach and Treasurer.