Kirkland pupil wins national award

Nicola Wallace. Pic by George McLuskie
Nicola Wallace. Pic by George McLuskie

A sixth year Kirkland High School pupil has been awarded a prestigious certificate for excellence in woodwork from a nationally recognised body.

Nicola Wallace (17), from Leven, attended the recent Scottish Technology Teachers Association awards after being nominated by the school for her hard work in the subject.

During fifth year, she completed a wooden cabinet (pictured right), and achieved the top marks for the whole of her school in her recent fifth year exams.

Up against pupils from schools, universities and colleges all over Scotland, Nicola said she hadn’t even thought about the possibility of winning the award.

“I’ve always been good at things like this.

“But I didn’t think I’d get anthing at the awards.”

But much to the delight of her mum, Sharon, Nicola was named the winner, and received a trophy, certificate and cash prize at the event in Dundee.

“For me, as a mum, it was a really proud moment, especially when she was up against pupils from places like Dollar Academy and Perth Academy. Nicola is just a wee lassie from Kirkland, but look what she did. We think she might have been the youngest pupil there, and the only one from Fife.”

Nicola added: “It was really good to see all the different people there collecting awards.”

The annual TTA ceremony looks to recognise pupils from across Scotland who have shown considerable skill and excellence in subjects such as engineering, metal work and graphic communication.