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Highland Heroes 2024: Nominate your secondary school pupils


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Olivia Macleod received the secondary school pupil award for 2023. Picture: James Mackenzie
Olivia Macleod received the secondary school pupil award for 2023. Picture: James Mackenzie

Secondary school is a key stage in a young person’s life as they prepare for life outside of school, heading off to university or college, or perhaps into the workforce.

Some succeed in these achievements despite challenging personal circumstances, others excel in sport or the arts, while others support their fellow students in overcoming their difficulties and obstacles.

Highland Heroes celebrates these remarkable young people with the secondary school pupil of the year award.

It will be presented to a secondary pupil who has overcome exceptional circumstances or obstacles to achieve success in education, sport or helping others at school.

NOMINATE at https://www.hnmedia.co.uk/highlandheroes/ by December 17 in any of the categories.

Sponsoring the award for secondary school pupil of the year is Developing the Young Workforce Inverness & Central Highlands (DYWICH).

Sandra McCaughey, interim DYWICH programme manager, sponsor of the secondary pupil award. Picture: Callum Mackay
Sandra McCaughey, interim DYWICH programme manager, sponsor of the secondary pupil award. Picture: Callum Mackay

Sandra McCaughey, interim DYWICH programme manager, said: “Developing the Young Workforce Inverness & Central Highlands (DYWICH) is delighted to be supporting Highland Heroes for the second year in a row and sponsoring the secondary school pupil of the year award.

“We work with lots of amazing young people in schools across our region supporting them with career choices and helping to build their skills to enter the future workplace. Last year, the nominees for this award and subsequent winner demonstrated exceptional resilience, passion and dedication, contributing both in school and outside in their local communities. This year we encourage as many people as possible to get involved and nominate a young person you know who deserves to be recognised for the great work they do. Let’s celebrate their achievements and shine a spotlight on their success.”

Each week, your favourite Highland News & Media (HNM) websites and newspapers will feature each category:

  • Community champion
  • School of the year
  • Carer of the year
  • Healthcare hero
  • Fundraiser of the year
  • Charitable organisation of the year
  • Green hero
  • Brave child
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Emergency services hero
  • Primary teacher of the year
  • Primary pupil of the year
  • Secondary pupil of the year
  • Secondary teacher of the year

Once all of your nominations are received, our judges will whittle down the submissions to create a shortlist. The shortlist will be announced in a special supplement next year where you can vote for your Highland Heroes 2024.

In addition, there is a very special award presented to the hero of heroes who will be chosen by the judges from all of your category winners at the awards ceremony.

The ceremony will be held at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness on March 15, 2024.

Who will you nominate?
Who will you nominate?

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