Newton Mearns teenager competes for Miss Scotland crown this Saturday

Skye Stander is a finalist in this Saturday's Miss Scotland competition.
Skye Stander is a finalist in this Saturday's Miss Scotland competition.

A Newton Mearns teenager is hoping to be crowned Miss Scotland at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow this Saturday (June 8).

Skye Stander (17), a former pupil of St Ninians High School, is one of 18 finalists from across the country who will gather at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.

And it’s thanks to her mum that she’s in the competition.

Skye said: “I’ve always looked up to the girls in the competition but I never thought that I would be good enough to take part.

“My mum entered me and I didn’t think that I’d get this far.”

The girls competing for the title have to complete a number of challenges, including raising money for a charity of their choice.

Skye has set herself a real challenge – she’s planning on doing a sky dive, which is really something for someone who is scared of heights!

Skye said: “I’m raising money for Heads Up, a charity that supports people with head and neck cancer.

“It’s a cause close to my family’s hearts as my grandpa recently passed a way from throat cancer.”

Skye was supposed to do her sky dive in St Andrews at the end of May, but typically, the Scottish weather forced that attempt to be postponed. A second attempt last Saturday also had to be called off due to the weather, but she’s hoping to finally make her jump on June 15 or 16.

So far, she’s raised over £1200 for the charity through her Just Giving page