Amnesty award for young reporter

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A Woodfarm high pupil has defeated thousands of entrants to win a major UK-wide writing award.

Budding journalist Holly Gomez is Amnesty International’s young human rights reporter of the year.

The Thornliebank girl was named winner at a prestigious ceremony held in London, defeating competition from across the UK.

The 16-year-old was presented with her award by former Newsround presenter Sonali Shah.

Holly said: “It’s an honour win this competition.

“I wrote about North Korean political prisoners. it was difficult to find information because it is kept in so much secrecy.

“It is so important that young people become more aware of human rights issues because they will be the ones dealing with them when they grow up.”

The competition attracted around 2,500 entrants from nearly 200 schools.

Woodfarm high head teacher Ann Stewart told The Extra: “We are all delighted that Holly has won.

“Thanks must also go to Graeme Thomson, modern studies teacher, who encouraged Holly to enter.”

Holly is a member of the school’s human rights action group. Last year she raised £700 for Amnesty international by running a 10K.