McManus Citizenship Award 2017

Dundee S6 pupils who have proved to be truly community-spirited through their efforts at home and school were recognised at a special ceremony on Tuesday (June 13).

The annual presentation of the Lord Provost McManus Citizenship Award was made at the City Chambers.

Nine pupils were nominated by their schools for this year's award.

The scheme designed to encourage and recognise young people's hard work and application in their school and the wider community.

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick will host the award ceremony at which pupils and their families will attend along with school staff.

The winner of the Lord Provost McManus Citizenship Award for 2017

1st - Alyssia Smith, Braeview Academy

2nd - Jack Brady, St Paul's Academy

3rd - Shonagh Quinton, Morgan Academy

Other nominees: 

Declan Gall                          Craigie High

Abbie Maclean                 Grove Academy

Rheana Milne                   Grove Academy

Bonnie Macrae                 Harris Academy

Claire Cumming                Harris Academy

Karla Geekie                      St John's High 

Alyssia’s nomination states: 

Alyssia has, without making a fuss, dedicated much of her time to supporting others whilst overcoming barriers herself.  She is extremely self-deprecating but was chosen by Dundee City Council to be its young ambassador for inclusion.  She worked with other young people from across the country to develop and improve support for young people with additional support needs.  She has participated in an international conference on student voice and is a house captain.  A prefect for two years, Alyssia has set up a lunchtime club to help vulnerable young people with their homework as well as other issues that they may have.  Alyssia has over 200 hours volunteering with a dance group which she founded in the community to improve the self-esteem of some of the young girls in the community. Alyssia has delivered workshops in mental health and well-being in her community and she received a nomination at the volunteer awards. 

Alyssia spends much of her spare time at The Crescent in Whitfield where she heads up lots of opportunities for children and young people such as organising a Cinema Club where children come along and enjoy the experience.  

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: “This occasion shines the spotlight on the hard work of our young people and their determination to help others around them.  

“They are a credit to themselves, their schools and Dundee."

Dundee City Council children and families service convener Councillor Gregor Murray added: "These senior pupils all deserve to be congratulated for their efforts in their secondary and the wider community.

"They are tremendous ambassadors for Dundee and our schools.

“Their stories are an inspiration and I wish them all the best as they leave school.”

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