Western Isles girl is a finalist in Young Scot Awards

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Young Scot, the national youth information agency for Scotland, has announced that a 14 year old girl from South Uist has been selected as a finalist in the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2011, in association with The Co-operative Foundation.

Megan MacDonald, 14, from South Uist has been recognised in the Environment category.

Part of the new generation of crofters Megan has campaigned with Oxfam Scotland and the Scottish Parliament to take action on climate change.

She is also volunteering as part of the skills academy to help support islanders to adapt to new ways of making a living.

Young Scot has worked with the Sunday Mail for the last six years to recognise and reward the achievements of young people from across Scotland.

The awards celebrate unsung heroes, aged between 11 and 22, who have made a positive impact on their local or wider communities, and have been an inspiration to Scotland and its people.

There are 13 award categories, ranging from arts to volunteering, health, entertainment and community.

The three finalists in each category are invited along to the glittering awards ceremony in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on 7th April 2011 where special guests, including headline act Olly Murs, will be performing live.

Louise Macdonald, CEO of Young Scot, said: “We are really excited to be holding our sixth annual Young Scot Awards to recognise Scotland’s inspiring, hard working young people.

“This year’s nominations have been truly overwhelming and we would like to thank everybody, even if they haven’t made it to our final shortlist, for their achievements and the huge contribution they have made to their communities.”

For more information about the awards log on to: www.youngscotawards.co.uk