As excellent exam results are recorded across Moray, the achievements of three Elgin High students have been showcased.
For student Ciaran Barron, who’s celebrating three Advanced Higher As, a career in medicine is now one step closer.
The 17 year-old, who has just finished sixth year, is preparing to start university in Aberdeen next month.
After securing outstanding grades in maths, chemistry and biology, he’s determined to fulfil his ambition of becoming an accident and emergency doctor, inspired by both of his grandmothers who were nurses.
Meanwhile fifth year student Ryan Lanigan has been awarded As in all five Higher subjects he studied – maths, physics, English, chemistry and history.
Unsure what career lies ahead for him, he’s staying on at school for another year.
“I’m going to take Advanced Higher maths and physics. I’m thinking of studying physics at university, so the door’s open to jobs in finance or engineering.”
Ryan’s mum, Lynne, spoke of her pride in her son’s achievements.
“I’m so chuffed for him; he’s worked so hard for this. He’s very self-motivated and has just got on with it.”
Fourth year student, Amber Anderson, received her results while she was in Edinburgh with her family.
She said: “I’m feeling so great about my results. I got six As at National 5 level.”
Normally, S4 students take up to five National 5 subjects, but Amber and a handful of other students made the brave choice to take on another subject.
“It meant I had to forfeit the study time in my timetable and do extra work at home. But I managed to keep a good balance between school and life – I knew when I needed to take a break.”
Headteacher Hugh McCulloch has also voiced his congratulations.
“I’m so delighted. I know how hard they’ve worked and they’ve all got bright futures ahead of them.”
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
Headquartered in Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.