Richenda shortlisted for award

Richenda is up for an Amnesty International award
Richenda is up for an Amnesty International award

A teenage girl with strong views on human rights has been shortlisted for a prestigious writing award.

Richenda Rae (16), a pupil at Larbert High, is in the running for the Amnesty International Young human Rights Reporter of the Year award after writing about medical staff on the frontline.

She beat off competition from 7000 seven to 18-year-olds to make the final 10 and will find out tomorrow if she has made to the top three and be invited to the award ceremony in London on April 30.

Richenda wrote an article on the work of Medecins San Frontieres in Paris and was delighted to make the shortlist.

She said: “I’m pleased to have been recognised after going up against so many applicants.”

Her teacher, and leader of the Amnesty International Youth Group at Larbert High, Rosalind Bird, said: “Richenda is a wonderfully-dedicated young lady who feels strongly about human rights.

“She clearly felt empathy with her subject and deserves all her success.”

The teenager’s work was judged by authors Christie Watson and Sita Brahmachari who noted the opening was ‘attention grabbing’ and said it was ‘written was a sense of outraged passion that engages the reader’.