A TALENTED pupil at Hermitage Academy has been chosen as one of the winners in a national competition promoting messages of inclusion and anti-racism.

Iona Davis was selected as the S1-S3 category winner for Scotland in the Show Racism the Red Card initiative’s annual creative competition.

Iona was one of two Academy pupils to make the top 10 of her age group category, alongside Sophie Buchan.

A total of 1,684 pupils from across Scotland took part in the competition, which this year had the theme of ‘Generation Equality’, submitting their own messages of inclusion and celebrations of diversity through artwork, poetry, creative writing, T-shirt designs, music and short films.

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The S1-S3 category of the competition was judged by Brooke Combe, the Edinburgh singer-songwriter who went viral last year with a TikTok home video of her performing the unofficial Scotland football team anthem for Euro 2020, Yes Sir, I Can Boogie.

The efforts of Iona and Sophie in being chosen among the top 10 entries for their age group has also led to the girls being named in a motion of congratulation at the Scottish Parliament from Helensburgh and Lomond’s MSP, Jackie Baillie.

Show Racism the Red Card was set up as an educational charity in 1996, and uses the high-profile status of football and footballers to help tackle racism in wider society.

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