Auchmuty pupil sets out vision for the future

An Auchmuty High School pupil is in the running for a top prize after being named a finalist in the Glasgow 2014 National Awards Event.

S2 pupil Joseph Heath is one of 220 students from 149 different schools across Scotland announced for the Commonwealth themed inspire>aspire event’ at the University of Glasgow later this month.

Over 35,000 pupils from 289 schools participated in this year’s inspire>aspire: Global Citizens in the Making character and values education programme.

And on June 16 more than 800 people will come together to celebrate the work of some of Scotland’s most inspirational young people – including Joseph.

All 220 finalists are invited to attend the event along with teachers and family.

The final gold, silver and bronze prize winners will be announced on the evening by Adventurer and BBC Queens Baton correspondent Mark Beaumont.

All the young finalists have articulated their vision for a better world, with Joseph choosing Stephen Sutton as his inspirational figure.

Stephen, who died on May 14 after a brave battle against cancer, worked tirelessly to help others, raising over £4m before his death at the age of 19.

“A hero, an inspiration,” is how Joseph described Stephen.

The Auchmuty High teenager, who hopes one day to become a video game designer, is up against stiff opposition in the awards, but there is no doubting the sincerity of his vision for tomorrow.

He stated in his submission to the judges: “If people were happier, healthier, and just a bit better off, the world would be a better place – that’s one step forward.”

The programme, which is part of Legacy 2014, has achieved school participation in each of the 32 Local Education Authorities for the first time in its seven-year history .