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Show goes on(line) for Ross teens in Young Enterprise Scotland competition; Alness, Invergordon, Fortrose and Plockton secondaries in the running

By Calum MacLeod

Y.E.S. Awards 2019
Y.E.S. Awards 2019
Fortrose Academy created a buzz with their bee-themed book at last year's Young Enterprise Scotland awards.
Fortrose Academy created a buzz with their bee-themed book at last year's Young Enterprise Scotland awards.

YOUNG entrepreneurs from across the north will have to go online to find if they are winners after the live finals of a schools competition were cancelled as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The Highland and Moray finals of the Young Enterprise Scotland schools competition, which sees teams from across the area create their own companies to learn the skills required to run a business, had been scheduled to take place at The Ironworks, Inverness, on Tuesday, March 24.

However, with increasing concern about the possible spread of COVID-19, the live event is being replaced with a virtual awards ceremony with the winners announced live in the internet.

Linda Thomas, chairwoman of the Young Enterprise Scotland Highland and Moray area team, wrote: "The health and wellbeing of all the young people involved in our company programme is always our main priority, so we are sure you will not be surprised to hear that with the current very fast changing situation regarding COVID 19, we have decided to cancel our finals on 24 March. Regardless of what the situation is by then, we felt strongly that we could not take the risk of bringing teams from across the Highlands and Moray together.

"But resilience, flexibility and the ability to meet a challenge head on are key skills we instill in all the young people who take part in Young Enterprise and hopefully this is our chance to practice what we preach!"

That solution will be the live streaming of the announcement of this year's winning teams on Facebook at the same time originally scheduled for the awards, 6pm on Tuesday, March 24.

"We hope many of you will tune in to find out more about the incredible journey our teams have been on over the last year," Ms Thomas added.

This year's finalists are: Alness Academy, Invergordon Academy, Fortrose Academy, Forres Academy, Culloden Academy, Plockton High School, Drumduan School in Forres, Inverness High School, Inverness Royal Academy and Mallaig High School.

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