Ellon pupils stand out at technology contest

James Blackadder, with Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP and Aisla Westmacott
James Blackadder, with Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP and Aisla Westmacott

Ellon Academy finished in second place at a technology challenge aimed at schools across the North-east recently.

The school took home the runner up prize after competing in the S2 Technology Challenge final at the North East Scotland College, Fraserburgh Campus last month.

Seven local academies competed for the prestigious award with first place going to Mintlaw Academy and Ellon Academy following closely behind scooping the runner up prize.

The winning pupils from Mintlaw each received a mini iPad.

Meanwhile Ellon pupils, James Blackadder and Aisla Westmacott both took home an iPod Touch each.

Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP presented the prizes and said: “I hope that you (the finalists) go away inspired, and ready to aim high – because a career in engineering is one that can really take you places.”

Local heats were held at each academy where the top boy and girl would then go forward to the final.

The contest, which has been running for over ten years, aims to highlight the skills shortages in the energy industry and encourage young people interested in a career in engineering.

It attracts over 1,000 S2 pupils from across seven Aberdeenshire academies - Banff, Fraserburgh, Meldrum, Ellon, Mintlaw, Peterhead and Turriff.