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Two Rothesay Academy pupils are preparing to spend three weeks in Canada after being named as the first winners of a ground-breaking science scholarship.

Two Bonnie Caldwell and Joshua McFadden will visit the Toronto area from May 18 to June 8 as part of the Baird of Bute Society’s inaugural Canadian Science Scholarship.

Society president Chris Markwell visited the Academy on Monday to officially announce Bonnie and Joshua’s participation in the scheme, which in 2014 has the theme ‘From Bench to Bedside’ and has received financial support from the Scottish Government, Argyll and Bute Council and For Bute.

The pair’s time in Canada will include a spell working with Patrick Gunning, a world-renowned associate professor of chemistry at the University of Toronto who hails from Bute and is gaining global recognition for his work on finding a cure for cancer.

The Baird of Bute Society, with its motto of ‘to inspire to aspire’, was set up in 2010 to honour the achievement of Andrew Blain Baird, a Bute blacksmith who undertook Scotland’s first heavier-than-air powered flight at Ettrick Bay in 1910 in an aircraft he designed and built himself.

* More on this story in the next edition of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, May 1.




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