This year’s Donald Stewart Memorial Trust award has gone to Sir E Scott School, Harris.
The Trust decided unanimously that this year’s award be made to Peigi McKellar, who completed her 6th year in Sir E Scott School, Harris in June 2015.
Peigi is currently in the middle of a Gap year and has just returned from a two-month trip to Nepal, where she was undertaking voluntary work in hospitals and orphanages.
The Trustees were highly impressed with her overall performance both in and out with the school, but particularly impressed with her commitment to extra-curricular activities such as music, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and a variety of sports.
Peigi represented the Western Isles at the World Island Games in Jersey 2015. They were also delighted to learn of her sense of values and her thoughtfulness and commitment to helping improve the lives of others.
The Trustees were very interested to learn that, along with a number of other young people from the local Youth Fellowship Group, she visited Nepal in the summer of 2013.
The Award, which is presented annually by the Donald Stewart Memorial Trust, in memory of the long and distinguished service provided by the late MP for the Western Isles, was presented to Peigi by Donald Martin, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the Western Isles. In handing over the Award, Mr Martin said: “It is a great pleasure and privilege to present this Award. I congratulate you on your remarkable achievements at local, national and international levels, covering a wide range of interests and activities.
A Runner-up Award was also made to Paul Morrison, a 5th year student in Sgoil Lionacleit for his achievements in sport and piping as well as for his positive contributions within the school where his willingness to help others, particularly the younger pupils is greatly acknowledged. Also, his admirable and positive qualities in leadership terms and being an excellent role model and ambassador for the school.
Paul also represented the Western Isles at the World Island Games in Jersey 2015.
Chairman of the Trustees, Murdo Macleod said, “The Trustees were impressed with the overall quality of this year’s submissions but were unanimous in their decision to make the award to Peigi.
Pictured is Murdo Macleod, Trust Chairman; Aileen Macsween, Sir E Scott Head-teacher; Angus McKellar; Peigi McKellar; Donald Martin, Vice Lord-Lieutenant; Cath Bodrell, Sir E Scott Depute Head-teacher and Kirsty McKellar.