PUPILS from Duncanrig Secondary School in East Kilbride and Strathaven Academy are the first to win a new award marking Supercounty’s 20th anniversary.
Supercounty, Lanarkshire's Civic Pride Campaign, are marking the anniversary with the new initiative - the 'Livingstone Award' in honour and respect of their campaign chairman of the last 20 years, Ian Livingstone.
And in keeping with the ethos of Supercounty, the annual Livingstone Award will be presented to an outstanding student who exemplifies the core values of Supercounty through his or her contribution to the local community.
Pupils Chris Mullins from Duncanrig and Eilidh Rankin of Strathaven Academy were nominated for the award by their teachers.
Ian Livingstone explained: “Supercounty have supported many community initiatives over the years along with the introduction of many exciting and creative projects across Lanarkshire's schools.
“Community spirit, dedication, motivation, encouragement and inspiration – these have always been important words in our dictionary and it is through these words that we celebrate the first year of the Livingstone Award.
“The young people here this morning are truly inspirational and mature beyond their years. It is both an honour and a privilege to meet these outstanding young people and present them with an award in my name.”
Chris was nominated by principal teacher of physical education at Duncanrig, Greig Wilson, who explained why he had chosen him.
Greig said: “Chris is a sixth year pupil at the school and is currently a Sports Ambassador.
“Throughout this continuous role Chris successfully bid for London 2012 tickets, hosted a primary dance festival, as well as coaching P6/7 Rugby and was an integral part of the team of volunteers who successfully delivered an East Kilbride Inter-Schools’ Olympics.
“Chris has successfully completed his Level 1 qualification in Sports Leadership and is currently working towards his qualification in Community Sports.
“Not only is Chris a very active and valued pupil within the PE Department, but he also leads and supports an S1-S5 study group.”
Stewart Nicolson, head teacher of Strathaven Academy, nominated S6 pupil Eilidh for the contribution she has made to the school community.
He said: “As school captain, Eilidh already has a formal leadership role – a role she fulfils in an exemplary fashion.
“Eilidh demonstrates determination and commitment in all that she does.
“Two events that particularly stand out are that Eilidh prepared and delivered a series of assemblies on Holocaust Memorial Day, sharing her personal account of a visit to Auschwitz.
“She also organised, delivered and led 'Dying for Life' assemblies to all pupils – raising awareness of maternal mortality in the developing world.
“Eilidh sets very high standards for herself and achieves them, she is a very selfless person and despite for obvious talents and qualities, she is very modest, polite and friendly.”