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Schools imPRESS at Media Awards

Schools from across Scotland gathered on Friday [13 June] to recognise the best journalism, publishing and design talent at this year’s ImPRESS Awards.

seventeen different schools were represented at the event, which took place at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, all competing in 14 categories designed to recognise the excellence of pupils across the country, with awards including Magazine of the Year, Student of the Year and the Chairman’s Award. 
Dollar Academy received the most accolades for its magazine ‘The Galley’ with four awards including Best Cover and Magazine of the Year. James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh won two awards for its magazine The Spark, with Fiorenza Kirkwood named as Inspirational Teacher and Alex Hamilton as Best Sports Columnist.
Peter Martin, Head of Magazines & Retail at distribution and logistics company Menzies Distribution, said; “We want to say a big congratulations to all of this year’s winners and thank them for entering. We were so impressed by the entries and are delighted to see so many pupils getting involved with their school publications. We hope more young people continue to do so in the future and that we see the current crop pursuing careers as part of a thriving Scottish media and publishing sector over the years to come.”
Secondary school pupils from all over Scotland entered the awards with the hope of being recognised for their work on their school’s publications, including magazines, newspapers, newsletters and digital publications. 
Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, who presented the award for ‘outstanding pupil’ at the event, said: “I am delighted to see so much interest in in the awards from Scotland’s young people, and the work that they have produced is truly wonderful. Curriculum for Excellence promotes literacy, critical thinking and creativity which are key skills for learning, life and work. The imPRESS Awards support the development if these skills and is a great way to bring finalists together with the industry to help enhance young people’s future employability.”
The awards, which were organised by Menzies Distribution, aim to encourage young people into careers in publishing and the creative industries and were of particular interest to pupils who have an interest in writing, photography, design and business studies.
The winners for the 14 categories are:
1. Commercial Strategy:
The Grammarian, Paisley Grammar School, Paisley
2. Cover:
The Galley, Dollar Academy, Dollar
3. Design and Layout:
The Galley, Dollar Academy, Dollar
4. Distribution and Logistics:
Borealis, Brae High School, Shetland
5. Editorial Content:
The Galley, Dollar Academy, Dollar
6. Feature Article:
Rachel Kane, Rare Beast, Coatbridge High School, Coatbridge
7. Inspirational Teacher:
Fiorenza Kirkwood, James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh
8. Original Photography:
Ryan Doran, Patter in the Park, Park School, Kilmarnock
9. Sports Columnist:
Alex Hamilton, The Spark, James Gillespies High School, Edinburgh
10. Magazine of the Year:
The Galley, Dollar Academy, Dollar
11. Newsletter of the Year:
Larbert Link, Larbert High School, Larbert
12. Newspaper of the Year:
Am Pàipear Gàidhealach, The Gaelic School, Glasgow
13. Outstanding Pupil:
Robert Guthrie, Wallace Hall Academy, Dumfries
14. Chairman’s Award:
James Mainland, Brae High School, Shetland
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