I volunteer at my school in the gardening club and I am also part of the “Minnie vinnies” we organise fundraising activities within my school for our local branch of St Vincent de Paul.
Which young Scot inspires you?
Many young Scots inspire me across various sports and also those closest to me. Gordon Reid the wheelchair tennis champion is one of my favourite sports stars. His achievements on the tennis court are amazing, from winning Wimbledon to representing Team GB in Beijing at just 16 his dedication, passion and hard work towards his sport inspires me everyday.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland for me is knowing how many great inventions that Scotland gave the world. I have enjoyed reading bout these inventors and how they made such a difference to the modern world we know today. I love that our country is steeped in so much history. I love Edinburgh and it makes me proud to be Scottish.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I’d like people from older generations to know that as young people we appreciate the sacrifices people in the past have done for us, living through WW2 was and and the people loved and worked together to keep our country safe for us. I also want them to know that we want to make a difference to our country in a positive way.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
MY biggest achievement to date has to be getting selected to be an ambassador for #YOYP 2018. It has helped me to gain so much confidence and it has shown me that there is a lot more on offer for young people in Scotland than I realised.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I hope one day I can achieve my goals whatever they may be. I am in primary six so I am not quite sure what I want to do yet. I hope I get to travel when I’m older and I hope one day to go to America.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My advice would be to make the most of your time at school. School should be fun and enjoyable for everyone. Be nice to each other and help each other because if we all work together we can all make a positive difference to our communities. School is a place where we can make a difference to some one else’s day everyday.
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