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Aberdeenshire schools to take on Rock Challenge

Inverurie Academy taking part in the Rock Challenge.
Inverurie Academy taking part in the Rock Challenge.

A trio of north-east schools are preparing for the finals of a prestigious dance competition.

The UK Rock Challenge returns to Dundee’s Caird Hall next month, and this year pupils from Westhill Academy, Turriff Academy and Inverurie Academy will take to the stage for the chance to be crowned Scotland’s overall winner.

They will compete against more than 800 students from seven other Scottish secondaries on June 15.

The competition, which was first launched in the UK in 1995, challenges thousands of schoolchildren to write, produce and perform stage shows for a live audience.

Organisers say it encourages an “adrenaline-based high” to persuade youngsters off tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Revealing details of this year’s Scottish final last night, event manager Sophia Campbell said each school will have a day to rehearse at the venue – and to scope the competition – before taking to the boards in front of a packed audience.

She added: “The performances this year have been amazing and I can’t wait to see them come together at the finals.

“Qualifying for the final is in itself a fantastic achievement which the schools, parents, students, and local communities should be very proud of.”

In previous years, Fraserburgh Academy, Mintlaw Academy have competed in the finals of the Rock Challenge.

And in 2016, Peterhead Academy notched award wins at the UK finals for stage use, soundtrack, set design, visual enhancement, lighting, video performance, and community spirit.

Winning the Scottish finals grants entry to the Rock Challenge’s national final.

Tickets to the final are available at www.dundeebox.co.uk

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