Fort Wil­liam

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A YOUNG man who has made his home in Fort Wil­liam has been short­listed for a top award fol­low­ing his ‘hard work and in­cred­i­ble achieve­ments’.

Zeki Brown, 17, has been named as a fi­nal­ist in the en­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory of the Sun­day Mail’s Young Scot Awards 2017.

The teenager grew up in a re­mote house on the edge of the Cairn­gorms and by the time he had left school he had com­pleted all three lev­els of the John Muir Award through the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park Ju­nior Ranger scheme. He has been delivering bush- craft ses­sions to other young peo­ple since.

In 2016, Zeki won a place at the School of Ad­ven­ture Stud­ies on Skye, where he lived alone in a tipi for al­most a year. He also trav­elled to Cal­i­for­nia to make his first short film, In the Spirit of John Muir.

His next ad­ven­ture was closer to home when he filmed Wild Along the Way, which aims to show ev­ery­one can en­joy wild places.

Now in their twelfth year, Young Scot awards cel­e­brate con­tri­bu­tions and work across health, com­mu­nity, the arts and di­ver­sity.

From hun­dreds of en­tries, three fi­nal­ists will be cho­sen in 12 cat­e­gories. The win­ners will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in the Clyde Au­di­to­rium in Glas­gow on Thurs­day April 27.

Zeki Brown has been short­listed in the en­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory.

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