BY Amanda Connelly | January 26 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

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St Mungo’s young debaters are named the best in the world

Budding young politicians at a Glasgow school were praised by the First Minister this week, after they scooped top prize at the 2018 High School Parliamentary World Debate Competition

Pupils at St Mungo’s Academy (Pictured above) in Bridgeton were crowned the winners of the international competition, seeing them travel from Glasgow’s east end all the way to Japan, where they were crowned as the champions.

The three pupils travelled to Asia, where they spent time learning, getting to know, and debating with other students from countries all over the world, sharing their own cultures with one another.

Following their final debate, St Mungo’s were named as the winners, making them the first Scottish team to succeed at the competition.

“From the east end of Glasgow to the world stage in Japan, St Mungo’s Academy have won the Parliamentary World Debate Competition!” the school wrote on Twitter. “They have made their families, school, and Scotland proud!”

The pupils even got to enjoy a traditional Japanese meal afterwards, in order to celebrate their spectacular win. The St Mungo’s team were showered with congratulations from a number of important figures and local schools, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow.

“So happy for St Mungo’s Academy young people,” Archbishop Tartaglia said on Sunday. “Today in Japan they won the World Parliamentary Debate Championship. Congratulations to my old school!”

Nicola Sturgeon added: “Very, very well done and congratulations to all the young people involved. They are a credit to the school, St Mungo’s Academy, their families and Scotland. Very proud!”

The win was hailed as ‘fantastic’ by a number of other figures, including Lord Provost of Glasgow Eva Bolander, and director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office Anthony Horan.

– amanda@sconews.co.uk

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