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Scots youngsters in classics drama at St Andrew

Classically minded school pupils from all over Scotland gathered at St Andrews yesterday (Wednesday 12th June, 2002) to take part in the traditional Annual Recitation and Project Competition organised jointly by The Tayside Classical Organisation and the University of St Andrews.

Over a hundred youngsters travelled from as far as Aberdeen to perform recitals and short dramas in ancient Greek and Latin, competing against their contemporaries for cash and trophy prizes.

The competition, which has been running for over 20 years, is organised by The Tayside Classical Organisation in conjunction with the University of St Andrews’ School of Greek, Latin And Ancient History. This year, it attracted entrants from secondary schools throughout Scotland, including Dundee’s Harris Academy and High School, St Andrews’ Madras College and St Leonard’s, and St Margaret’s, Aberdeen.

School Liaison Officer Tom Harrison, from the School of Greek Latin And Ancient History, said:

‘The Recitation Competition is a wonderful opportunity for students of Classics in Scotland to get together, to celebrate the subject, and to show that Greek and Latin are alive and kicking. The recitation competition is just one of a number of ways in which the University supports the study of classics in Scottish schools.’

Classical readings and performances were conducted by entrants within the University’s ancient environs. Individual schools also presented group projects with a classic flavour.

The competition awarded prizes at both junior and senior level in categories ranging from Latin and Greek recitations to special art projects. The judging panel consisted of members of staff from the School of Greek, Latin & Ancient History.

THE 2002 WINNERS WERE:

Junior Latin:

First Prize: Madras College II (Elizabeth Farnam, Shiela Norrie, Sarah Leenhouts, Shona Leenhouts, Kathryn Porter) Second: Harris Academy (Liam Sturrock, Stuart Grant, Graham Hamley, Duncan Gould, Holly Nicoll)

Intermediate Latin:

First: Beki Muinde (St Margaret’s School for Girls) Second: Ben Lisle (St Leonard’s) Third: Elizabeth Lawrenson (Madras College) (Merit certificates: James Moir, Madras College; Kimberley Mitchell, St Margaret’s, Hannah Bredin, Madras College)

Senior Latin:

First: Richard Hart (Glenalmond) Second: Dominic Esler (Madras)

Greek:

First Prize: Rebecca Gower (Glenalmond) Second: Franziska Rosch (Glenalmond) (Merit certificates to: Hannah Bredin, Madras College, Lucia Gretenkord, St Leonard’s)

Project competition:

First: Kilgraston School (Amy Maitland Gardner, Nicola Melville, Sineád Esler) Second: Madras College (Hannah Bredin, Francine Toon, Cecily Davey, Elizabeth Lawrenson) Third (joint): High School of Dundee: Kirkcaldy High School (Robert Cannon, Rory Galloway, Rebecca Evans) Third (joint): Kirkcaldy High School (Lisa Pilling, Ruth Scobie, Vicki Hutchinson, Claire Seath, Susan Nicholson, David Williamson, Selena Hunter, Sandie Forbes)

For further information about the competition, please contact Tom Harrison, School Liaison Officer for the School of Greek Latin And Ancient History on 01334 462605

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Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews Contact Gayle Cook 01334 467227, mobile 07900 050103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: ancient hist schools comp pr 110602 WINNERS View the latest University news at http://www.st- andrews.ac.uk/extrel/press.htm

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