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A group of happy contestants surrounds club president Iain Mackintosh and world president Jim Thomson on the stage of the Soutar Theatre.

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Prize winners in the first half of the competition. Standing [l to r]: Shannon McGrath, Perth High School, [Dalriada Cup for accordion playing and the Graham D. Thomson Rosebowl for fiddle playing]; Holly Jarvis, Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club, [Windyedge Bowl for solo singing]; Carla Rourke, Kinnoull Primary, Perth, [Robert W. Donaghy Quaich for solo singing]; Lorna Rae, Kinnoull Primary, Perth, [Bruce Trophy for fiddle playing]. Seated: Alice Girling, Arngask Primary, [Hector D. Chisholm Quaich for accordion playing].

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Riley Thomson, Dollar Academy, [Binn Farm Quaich for solo verse speaking].

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Heather Rodger, Abernethy Primary, [Ruth Lumsden Quaich for solo verse speaking].

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Holly Jarvis, Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club, [Grampian Cup for solo verse speaking].

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Ellen Pennie, Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club, [Archibald Morrison Memorial Quaich for solo verse speaking].

The 28th annual Schools Festival was held in the Soutar Theatre at Perth`s A.K. Bell Library on Sunday, February 1.

Over 30 pupils from schools throughout Perthshire and Kinross entered the programme of Scots verse speaking, solo singing, accordion and fiddle playing.

In addition to the main awards, all competitors were presented with certificates of proficiency.

In what was a clean sweep for the girls, the trophy winners were as follows:

Solo Singing
[Adjudicated by Mr Craig Dennis]

Primary pupils. [The Robert W. Donaghy Quaich] - Carla Rourke, Kinnoull Primary, Perth.
Secondary pupils [The Windyedge Bowl. Donated by Professor David W. Purdie] - Holly Jarvis, Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club.

Accordion Playing
[Adjudicated by Mr Alex McIntyre]

Primary pupils [The Hector D. Chisholm Quaich] - Alice Girling, Arngask Primary.
Secondary pupils [The Dalriada Cup. Donated by Hamish D. McLaren] - Shannon McGrath, Perth High School.

Fiddle Playing
[Adjudicated by Mr Pete Clark]

Primary Schools award [The Bruce Trophy - donated by Arthur and Jean Bruce] - Lorna Rae, Kinnoull Primary, Perth.
Secondary Schools award [The Graham D. Thomson Rosebowl] - Shannon McGrath. Perth High School.

Verse Speaking
[Adjudicated by Mr Jim Thomson]

Primary pupils in classes 4 and 5 [The Binn Farm Quaich. Donated by John MacGregor] - Riley Thomson, Dollar Academy.
Primary pupils in classes 6 and 7 [The Ruth Lumsden Quaich] - Heather Rodger, Abernethy Primary.
Secondary pupils under 15 [The Grampian Cup. Donated by Stella A. Cormie] - Holly Jarvis, Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club.
Secondary pupils over 15 [The Archibald Morrison Memorial Quaich] - Ellen Pennie, Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club.

William Soutar Unicorn
This sculpture, presented to the club by the Friends of William Soutar Society for the best recital of a William Soutar poem, was won by Carla Rourke of Kinnoull Primary, Perth, for her atmospheric and expressive rendition of "Bawsy Broon".

The President's Prize
This silver salver, presented to the club by Bill Dawson [a past president of both Perth Burns Club and the Robert Burns World Federation] for outstanding performance of a work by Robert Burns in the festival, was awarded to Holly Jarvis, Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club, for her beautiful solo singing of "John Anderson my Jo".

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Carla Rourke, Kinnoull Primary, Perth, [Soutar Unicorn for best recital of a William Soutar poem].

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Holly Jarvis, Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club, [President's Prize for outstanding performance of a work by Robert Burns].

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Craig Dennis [Solo Singing Adjudicator]

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Alex McIntyre [Accordion Playing Adjudicator]

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Pete Clark [Fiddle Playing Adjudicator]

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Jim Thomson, current President of the Robert Burns World Federation, [Solo Verse Adjudicator]

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Iain Mackintosh, club President, [Chairman]

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Lawrence Read, club Vice-President, [Vote of Thanks]

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Brooke McKillop [Luncarty Primary School]

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Laura Bruce [Craigie Primary School]

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Freya Howgate [Craigie Primary School]

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Michelle Campbell [Craigie Primary School]

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Cora Erskine [Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club]

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Carla Rourke [Kinnoull Primary School]

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Ailsa Erskine [Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club]

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Holly Jarvis [Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club]

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Alice Girling [Arngask Primary School]

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Shannon McGrath [Perth High School]

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Heather Rodger [Abernethy Primary School]

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Lorna Rae [Kinnoull Primary School]

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Shannon McGrath [Perth High School]

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Riley Thomson [Dollar Academy]

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Jack Milne [Craigie Primary School]

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Kirsty Harvie [Kinnoull Primary School]

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Carla Rourke [Kinnoull Primary School]

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Poppie Mackenzie [Kinnoull Primary School]

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Heather Rodger [Abernethy Primary School]

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Elise Rutherford [Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club]

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Emily Baldwin [Oakbank Primary School]

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Hayden Thomson [Dollar Academy]

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Ben Morrison [Strathallan School]

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Morgan Patterson [Strathallan School]

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Katherine Higginbottom [Strathallan School]

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Holly Jarvis [Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club]

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Ellen Pennie [Dunblane Centre Burns Youth Club]

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