A YOUNG Dollar man has received more accolades after he scored the top mark in the 2016 SQA Advanced Higher Physics exam.

Former Dollar Academy pupil Sam Ward’s achievements have once again been recognised on Friday, November 11, when he shone at the SQA Star Awards.

Sam had already picked an Institute of Physics Excellence in Physics Student Award up this month and has now been highly commended in the Academic Excellence category.

The SQA said Sam has thrived throughout his time at the academy, taking a proactive approach to developing his passions for science, dancing and the outdoors.

Beyond studying for his Advanced Highers, Sam also undertook work experience at the UK Astronomy Centre with visits to CERN and the Kennedy Space Centre.

He also tackled the Three Peaks Challenge whilst he was head of infantry in the army cadets and jived his way to a recognised ballroom dancing qualification.

SQA chief executive Dr Janet Brown said: “I have been overwhelmed by the great stories that I have heard from this year’s finalists.

“I have been privileged to hear of some incredibly inspirational and often quite moving journeys. Our winners provide a shining example to us all.

“While our learners’ achievements are rightly being recognised, these success stories don’t just happen on their own.

“It is worth remembering the help and support of schools, colleges, employers, and training providers and the people who give learners the guidance and encouragement they need to realise their potential.

“It is right that we shine a light on all our stars tonight.”