A LOCHGELLY teenager whose dad died from a substance abuse addiction is a finalist in the Young Scot Awards.

Rhys Greig, 19, was recognised for her incredible achievements and nominated in the Excellence in Education category after overcoming adversity. As a child, she faced moving homes a lot due to her parent’s substance abuse.

Despite this Rhys has excelled in her education, becoming a prefect at high school and finishing her sixth year studies.

She completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award, still volunteers regularly and is now in her first year at university studying for a nursing degree.

Rhys sadly lost her father to addiction in 2017.

She stepped up to support her family throughout this difficult time, all the while making sure not to miss a day of her course or nursing placement.

Rhys has remained focused and determined to reach her goal of becoming a nurse and continues to inspire her peers and family.

The annual awards ceremony, hosted by Iain Stirling, will be held on November 30 and will celebrate the achievements and inspiring stories of young people and their peers.

The Young Scot Awards will be one of the closing events of the Year of Young People and is set to be the biggest and best awards night in its 12-year history.

Louise Macdonald, chief executive of Young Scot, said: “2018 has been a massive year for Scotland’s young people and we were inundated with inspiring stories about young Scots across the country.

“A huge congratulations to all of the 2018 finalists; this year’s awards will be held on St Andrews Day and will be a historic moment for Scotland.

“We can’t wait to celebrate all the finalist’s achievements on the night!”

For tickets and further information visit youngscotawards.com