Ross High School has hosted its annual Celebration of Success Awards evening for senior pupils, as S6 pupil Ben Kean was named the school Dux.

There were 84 awards given to pupils in S5 and S6 for attainment, for achieving the highest in various subjects at National 5 and Higher level, with 12 pupils receiving Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and a further 29 special awards handed out to pupils; 98 awards were also given to S5 and S6 pupils for effort in various subjects.

The awards took place on September 12 and featured live music from pupils and a speech from former pupil John Jackson, founder of the Braw Beard company. East Lothian’s Provost John McMillan was also in attendance with his wife Mary.

Paul Reynolds, headteacher at Ross High, said: “It was a wonderful evening.

“The Celebration of Success is an evening that allows us to celebrate the success of our pupils for all their hard work over the last year.

“Awards are given based on attainment but also awarded to those who really have worked their socks off.

“Guests were treated to a mocktail reception before heading into the main assembly hall for the awards.

“The current S5s were awarded based on their S4 efforts and S6 pupils on their S5 year. We were treated to outstanding musical performances from Abbi Gordon and Thomas Bull, both on piano.

“The guest speaker was John Jackson, founder of the Braw Beard company. A proud ex-pupil of Ross High, John really connected with the young people as he told his story of his business and the positivity and perseverance required to make it the success it has become.

“I’d like to thank John for his time and the entire team, led by Russell Wallace, for all their efforts to make this such an incredible evening.

“Special mention goes to Ben Kean, who was awarded the Dux on the night.”

Awards were given to the following S5 pupils for attainment in subjects at National 5:

Peyton Allan (English), Isla Archibald (Maths and Practical Cookery), Niamh Blaikie (Religious and Moral Education), Mikey Brown (Computing Science), Thomas Bull (Maths, Music and Physics), Erin Cameron (Physical Education), Bethany Clark (History), Alice Darling (Graphic Communication), Amira Franklin (English, Biology, Geography and Spanish), Matilda Gerhardy (Applications of Mathematics and Business Management), Abbi Gordon (Music Technology), Zoe Graham (Business Management), Daniel Hay (Design and Manufacture), Reilly Kerr (English), Anna Little (Drama and Modern Studies), James Macdonald (Practical Cookery), Emily MacFarlane (History), Katie Mackenzie (Drama), Tyrie Malcolm (Computing Science), Hannah McArthur (Art & Design), Alex McMillan (Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography and Maths), Ruby Mosses-Hoy (English and Modern Studies), Carrie Muir (Practical Cookery), Caitlin Peebles (Chemistry, Modern Studies and Spanish), Marcos Perez-Young (English and Modern Studies), Corey Redshaw (Practical Woodwork), Shane Scott (Application of Mathematics), Oliver Smith (Physical Education), Matthew Stable (Physics), Kate Straub (English), Harry Waldman(Physical Education), Lucy Young (Administration & IT and Maths).

Awards were given to the following S6 pupils for attainment in subjects at Higher:

Joel Atkinson (Graphic Communication, Maths and Physics), Sally Averbuch (Geography), Cameron Butchart (Modern Studies), Bobby Duncan (Drama and Music), Saiphin Galt (Design & Manufacture and Practical Woodwork), Blair Golightly (Physical Education) Lois Henderson (Applications of Mathematics), Stuart Inglis (English and Maths), Ben Kean (Biology and French), Alex Kempinski (Administration & IT, Business Management and Maths), Sophie Knox (History), Andrew Maclean (Religious and Moral Education), John Macleod (Chemistry, Computing Science and Spanish), Olivia Muir (Biology, Drama and English), Jake Nicol (English),Joe Tully (Business Management), Gemma Walkingshaw (Modern Studies), Zoe Watson (English and Geography),Rebecca Williams (Art & Design), Amar Yasir (Modern Studies).

Special awards were given to the following pupils:

Caitlin Peebles (Hopper Award for excellence in Computing Science), Bethany Clark (Rev Miller Award for Philosophy and Ethics), Abbi Gordon (Janet Hunter Cup for attainment in Music), Thomas Bull (Dickson Memorial Cup for services to Music), Sally Averbuch (Christine Boyle Award for Creative Writing), Eilidh Duncan (Social Subjects), Ben Kean (Five A’s at Higher), Sophie Knox (Five A’s at Higher), Ben Kean (Dux), Saiphin Galt (Bill Alcorn Memorial Cup for Technical Education), Stuart Inglis (Five A’s at Higher and Gilbert Allan literature award), Jake Nicol (Expressive Arts), Holly Thornton (Sciences), John Macleod (Five A’s at Higher, David Finlayson Memorial Cup for Maths and Bill Wright Computing Science Recognition Award).

Duke of Edinburgh awards were given to:

Alex McMillan (bronze), Amira Franklin (bronze and silver), Cameron Young (bronze), Ella Steedman (bronze and silver), James MacDonald (bronze and silver), Alexis McGarry (bronze and silver), Katie Mackenzie (bronze), Thomas Bull (bronze and silver), Gemma Walkingshaw (bronze and silver), William Wise (bronze), Emily Brown (bronze), Joel Atkinson (bronze and silver).

The following S5 and S6 pupils were also presented with awards for effort at National 5 and Higher subjects:

Irva Ali, Elsa Brown, Olivia Brydon, Thomas Bull, Mhairi Calder, Erin Cameron, Bethany Clark, Jenna Cunningham, Jonathan Daniel, Alice Darling, Sarah Ewing, Etienne Flory, Lewis Fraser, Craig Goodluck, Sophie Gracie, Zoe Graham, Cody Harker, Mhairi Hay, Aisha Imran, Jayden Innes, Robbie Kernaghan, Bethany Kerr, Eva Knox, Rory Leishman, Anna Little, Miguel Lopez, Katie Mackenzie, Tyrie Malcolm, Alexis McGarry, Scott McKenzie, Katie McKenzie, Niamh Mclean, Aaron McLear, Anna McManus, Ruby Mosses-Hoy, Molly Nisbet, Jessica Pretsell, Jack Rafferty, Amy Riding, Ellis Robertson, Malcolm Sinclair, Ola Stolat. Rebecca Watt, Lucy Young, Katie Anderton, Emily Brown, Abi Cameron, Keiron Dillon, Libby Duke, Megan Fenwick, Lucy Gordon, Lois Henderson, Carla Herkes, Sam Hill, Alex Jenkin, Annie Johnston, Hannah Leslie, Andrew Maclean, Jack Marr, Katie Masterton, Finlay McCaul, Kieran McKain, Ashley Mckechnie. Alistair McKenzie, Olivia Muir, Leah Nisbet, Hannah Richardson, Beth Taylor, Zoe Watson, Mia Williams.