A Broxburn Academy pupil has become the first from her school to make the Scottish National Debating Team and will compete in a worldwide competition this July.Emma Bell, who is currently moving into fourth year at the West Lothian school, was one of only five pupils to make the team alongside Lachlan White from George Watson’s College, Eoghan Connolly from Douglas Academy in East Dunbartonshire, Freddy Simonet-Lefevre from Craigmount High School and Oscar Swire from Stewart’s Melville College. Speaking to the media, Emma said : “This team is usually made up of private school pupils, I’m in the middle of nowhere and its not something our school have done or considered before. My headteacher was really happy, all the teachers were all emailing out to say congratulations,” Emma added, “I was absolutely gobsmacked, I was one of the youngest at trials and I’m the youngest in team now, hearing my name get picked I was so surprised, I went into it because I wanted to build on my skills and wanted to learn more about topics. I didn’t expect to be picked, it was surreal.”
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The rebellious grandmother left her house for the first time in three months and headed straight to Uphall Skatepark to hit the ramps on her mobility scooter.
She can be seen cheering ‘wee’ and laughing while wearing a face mask as she put her skating skills to the test on Tuesday.Miss Penman said: ‘It was her first time out in four months, as she had to self-isolate because she has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with an oxygen tank on the back of her scooter.’ News of the story has reached as far as Arizona and Australia and has been covered in the UK national press.