COURAGE, innovation, activism and inspiration – the 2019 Glasgow Times Young Scotswoman of the Year finalists embody all of the above and more.
Judges have whittled down all of the nominees to a fantastic shortlist of six – now it is up to you to decide the winner.
The public vote is open now and you have until 5pm on February 24 to vote for your favourite.
The winner will be announced at the glittering gala final, held in association with St Enoch Centre, at the Grand Central Hotel on March 26.
Yesterday we unveiled the super six in contention for the title of Scotswoman of the Year – homelessness activist Zakia Moulaoui, autism champion Vicki McCarthy, children’s fitness visionary Elaine Wyllie, inspirational fundraiser Corinne Hutton, suicide support charity founder Pauline Moriarty and world-leading gynaecologist Sarah Martins Da Silva.
Today, it’s the turn of our Young SWOTY. finalists.
Molly is the driving force behind a fundraising campaign which has raised more than £7500 for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. She is organising a charity ball, has just scored straight As in her exams and is one of only 15 students in the world to be offered a place in a medicine summer school at Oxford University.
Molly has bone cancer, and has spent the last 12 months fighting Ewing’s sarcoma and a deadly bacterium infection. Despite relentless chemotherapy, sickness, radiotherapy and surgery, she sat her prelims and National 5 exams at the same time. She is currently undergoing a stem cell transplant operation.
ELLORA JAMES, 18, AND MARI-ANN GANSON, 18
Ellora and Mari-Ann created Envirocache, a groundbreaking app which uses geocaching technology to provide children with nature treasure hunts.
Now students – Ellora is studying Ethical Hacking, Mari-Ann is training to be a teacher – the duo continue to nurture Envirocache, inspiring other young people in the technology and innovation sectors and beyond.
HOLLY GILLIBRAND, 14
Activist Holly is helping to build a global movement of young people demanding governments take action on the climate emergency. The passionate school striker from Fort William hopes her actions will draw attention to the issue and force politicians to act.
Inspired by Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, Holly has become a strong voice here in Scotland – she has spoken at the Green Party’s political conference, the Edinburgh Book Festival and more, and she has been recruited as an environmental correspondent for her local newspaper.
RAZANNA HUSSAIN, 17
Razannah, from Alness, has been volunteering since she was 14 and is passionate about giving back to her local community and breaking down stereotypes about Muslim women.
The Young Scot ambassador has helped to organise events across Scotland promoting youth voice and youth social action and co-hosted the First Minister’s Question Time: Next Generation in 2019.
CORRIE SHEPHERD, 16
After watching classmates struggle to cope after the death of a fellow pupil, Largs teenager Corrie set up the groundbreaking mental health project Clearer Minds.
She won North Ayrshire Young Person of the Year for the initiative, which uses special assemblies, videos, comic book workshops and a mental health ambassadors programme to provide vital emotional support.
The local council was so impressed it earmarked £30,000 of funding for the scheme and plans are afoot to roll it out across North Ayrshire and beyond.
HOW TO VOTE:
Voting is now open! Visit the website :
and click on the box beside your favourite. Voting closes at 5pm on Monday, February 24.
The winner will be announced at the event in the Grand Central Hotel on March 26.