THE outstanding voluntary work of a Glenrothes teenager has landed her the prestigious Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Inspirational Young People.
Zoe Casey from Caskieberran volunteered to take part in a health and well-being project in the town - and it proved to be a huge success.
Ross Hunter, deputy head teacher at Glenrothes High was quick to praise Zoe when she received her award in front of fellow forth year pupils. H
He added: ”From the first week, Zoe was incredibly enthusiastic about the project and asked many questions about how she could be involved.
“She also encouraged other pupils to engage and would act as a main point of communication for young people.
“This enabled the youth workers to ensure the young people from the school were aware of the project and to attend every week.
The 15-year-old was stunned when she heard she was to receive the accolade.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it, but I’m really pleased. My dad is so proud of me - when he found out about the award he gave me a big speech about how working hard was the key to life!
“I was involved in the planning stages for about six months and while it was hard work and took up a lot of my spare time, i really enjoyed being involved in it.
“It was a great experience and I’d do it again.”
The award was established in 1999 by a board that included Kirkcaldy MP and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, with the aim of reflecting outstanding achievements of young people and is seen as the last legacy of the late Princess Diana.
Fellow pupils and friends cheered and applauded as the presentation was made by Craig Morrison from Fife Council’s community learning and development who said it had been Zoe’s sheer enthusiasm and commitment which made her stand out.
He said: “It was partnership with Youth 1st which enabled young people to plan, develop and deliver a day long health & well-being festival for young people at the Glenrothes YMCA.
“And it was Zoe’s dedication that went a long way to making the project a big success, it was a fantastic effort.”
Zoe received a special lapel pin certificate which had been signed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
And as part of the award Zoe will now be invited to attend a series of functions and events hosted by Prince Harry and Prince William and will have a chance to rub shoulders with a number of celebrities and star names.
The award is now a prized addition to Zoe’s ever growing C.V. as she works towards the grades that will get into university so she can further her biology studies.