Montrose Rock Challenge picks up an array of awards

Montrose Academy's Rock Challenge performance
Montrose Academy's Rock Challenge performance

Montrose Academy was one of two Angus schools to compete in the 2016 Be Your Best Rock Challenge

Montrose was joined by Arbroath Academy, who placed second, at the event last night (Tuesday).

The event, held at Dundee’s Caird Hall, attracted a large audience and was supported by PQA, Angus Council, Police Scotland and Choices for Life.

Montrose took to the stage with their moving piece ‘Phytophthora’ which was based on the true events of the potato famine. An impressive set design, which moved throughout, set a strong visual backdrop for this harrowing performance which showcased strong drama skills and excellent use of stage.

Bold lighting enhanced the performance whilst an emotive soundtrack guided the audience through their piece winning them an array of Awards of Excellence.

Head of Schools and Learning from Angus Council, Pauline Stephen attended the event and awarded first place. She said: “The performances are always amazing and so professional, and tonight was no exception. We saw some absolutely wonderful talent on display. It just shows how good our young people are across the whole of Scotland.”

Below is the complete list of awards and placing’s from the 2016 Be Your Best Rock Challenge:

First Place - Kinross High School.

Second Place - Arbroath Academy.

Third Place - St John’s RC High School.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Choreography - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Arbroath Academy.

Pauline Quirke Academy Award of Excellence for Performance Skill - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Choices for Life Award of Excellence for Stage Use - The Mary Erskine School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Concept - The Mary Erskine School; Kinross High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Pauline Quirke Academy Award of Excellence for Drama - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Soundtrack - St John’s RC High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Choices for Life Award of Excellence for Set Design and Function - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Buchan Embroidery Award of Excellence for Costuming Character - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Arbroath Academy.

Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Arbroath Academy.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Entertainment - The Mary Erskine School; St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

T-Mec Award of Excellence for Lighting - Montrose Academy.

Be Your Best Foundation Award of Excellence for Stage Crew - Montrose Academy.

Visions Unlimited Award of Excellence for Video Performance - Montrose Academy.

Angus Council Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge - The Mary Erskine School.

Choice for Life Award for Performers’ Choice - Kinross High School.

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

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Student Leadership - Montrose 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 - Kinross High School.