Kinross High School comes in second place at the 2017 Scottish Final Rock Challenge with Dingwall Academy, Dingwall, Ross-shire achieving first place.

Kinross High School makes local and national news again after their fantastic performance on Friday 16th of June at The Caird Hall. Students take home their second prize after a very competitive year with ten Scottish schools.

Kinross High School returned to The Caird Hall for the final, after they won their Dundee heat in March. Their piece, ‘It’s Happening Now’ based on the refugee crises, won them thirteen awards of excellence, including the coveted Performers Choice and Spirit of Rock Challenge awards, which are voted for by the other competing teams.

Be Your Best Foundation Patron, Baroness Ruth Henig, first place prize presenter: “Absolutely fantastic and full of action. I think the themes are really imaginative, there is a lot of colour and above all it’s the energy of the young people it really fires you up. I think it’s a wonderful evening and the people I am with, who have never been to Rock Challenge before, think it’s the most wonderful thing they’ve ever seen.”

Head of Schools and Learning at Angus Council, Dr. Pauline Stephen, second place prize presenter: “It has been excellent. The dancing, the costumes, and the scenery. It’s been brilliant.”

Director of Care and Learning at Highland Council, Bill Alexander, third place prize presenter: “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 some much in front of a sold out crowd at the Caird Hall.”

Head of Secondary Education and Additional Support at Aberdeenshire Council, Vincent Docherty, fourth place prize presenter: I thought, as usual, it is absolutely outstanding. I really enjoy it and I just love the way the youngsters are beaming on that stage and it is clear they are all enjoying it too.”

From Police Scotland, Superintendent Ross Mackillop, fifth place prize presenter: “Absolutely brilliant. Really blown away but the talent and enthusiasm, it’s incredible.”