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 2-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 extracurricular 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. Your academic success, musical accomplishment and sporting prowess, in addition to your humanitarian and charitable activities in Nepal, have singled you out as a truly inspirational role model and a most worthy ambassador for our island and our young people. You are a credit to your family, your school and your island community and we are all very proud of you. On behalf of the community, I wish you every success for the future.”
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 and appreciated. Also, his many admirable and positive qualities in terms of leadership 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 highly impressed with the overall quality of this year’s submissions but were unanimous in their decision to make the award to Peigi. The Trustees were delighted to learn of Peigi’s many achievements in music and sports but what particularly moved the Trustees to award her this year’s prize was her commitment to helping improve the lives of others. On behalf of the Trust I congratulate Peigi on winning this award and wish her well in all that she does in the future. I also congratulate Paul on his Runner-up award and also all other nominees. It is evident that we have a wealth of talented young people in the Western Isles. I wish to thank the schools for their continuing support with the competition, without whom, the competition would not exist.”