TWO high school pupils from the Wee County have been welcomed as Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) Elects.

Ben Moore and Jeslin Konthuruthy, from Alloa Academy and St. Modan’s High School respectively, have been sworn in to represent the Clackmannanshire and Dunblane constituency.

In a joint statement, the two MSYPs said: “We are utterly delighted to find out tonight we will be given the unique and essential role of representing young people across Clackmannanshire.

“We will ensure every young person’s voice is heard and will work tirelessly to advocate on behalf of all young people.

“We would like to personally thank every person who cast their vote in this election and we hope we make you proud.”

The Scottish Youth Parliament aims to provide young people in Scotland with a platform to make their views heard, ensuring they are involved in choices that affect their lives.

The two new MSYPs were voted in at an event held at the Bowmar Community Centre by council youth development worker Jennifer Gibson and Colin Bruce, education officer for the council.

The event was also attended by the candidate’s friends and families, local councillors, education staff and third sector partners.

Colin added: “You are fantastic role models and leaders for young people in Clackmannanshire.”

Elections for the Scottish Youth Parliament elections in Clackmannanshire and Dunblane had a high turnout, with 1818 votes cast.

Three candidates stood in the election, showing effort, team work, determination and kindness to each other throughout the process.

Candidates were supported by the council’s community learning and development team, with assistance provided by Alloa, Alva and Lornshill Academies, the CSSS, St. Modan’s High School and Forth Valley College.

Colin Hewer, from Alloa Academy, was also elected as Clackmannanshire Youth Spokesperson during the event.

He commented: “Being a candidate has helped me to meet new people and develop new skills.

“I’m excited for what my journey ahead as a youth spokesperson will look like.”