MAEVE Wright is the Newton Stewart Rotary Club and Galloway Gazette Citizen of the Year.
Last Thursday, the Rotary Club welcomed Maeve and her family to its weekly meeting, to receive her award.
The silver salver was presented to her by Val Marshall, deputy head of Douglas Ewart High School, where Maeve has been a pupil since joining from St Ninians Primary, and Jim Hayes, president of Newton Stewart Rotary Club.
It is a real coup for Maeve to win the prestigious accolade at so young an age.
The Citizen of the Year in the past has been presented to older people who have had more time to make an impact within their community.
But Maeve has managed to achieve a huge amount in her relatively short years. She is an active member and leader of the Ocean Youth Trust, taking young people on sea voyages, learning about sailing and many other life skills such as teamwork.
She is also about to achieve her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, with her final expedition taking place in a few weeks – a great achievement made even more special with this being the jubilee year.
Maeve was head girl for her last year at the school and helped to organise the S6 dinner, among many other events.
The owners of the hotel where this event was held sent an email to the head teacher complimenting the pupils on their behaviour and saying they “proved to be great ambassadors for the school”.
As if that were not enough, she is an accomplished musician and is due to got to university in September to study law.
Mrs Marshall had nothing but praise for her, concluding her speech by noting that Maeve was the only pupil she was aware of for whom the kitchen staff had made a birthday cake!
Rotary clubs throughout the world try to promote positive actions at a local level to improve lives at a national and international level, by fundraising and recognising talent, creativity and kindness wherever it can be found.
In awarding the Citizen of the Year to Maeve, the Newton Stewart club hopes to have found a great example of the youth of today who are prepared to take actions to help others.