Hermitage Academy student wins Show Racism The Red Card art competition


A TALENTOUS student from the Académie Hermitage was chosen as one of the winners of a national competition promoting messages of inclusion and the fight against racism.

Iona Davis has been selected as the S1-S3 category winner for Scotland in the annual Show Racism the Red Card initiative creative competition.

Iona was one of two Academy students to make the top 10 in her age category, alongside Sophie Buchan.

A total of 1,684 students from across Scotland entered the competition, which this year was themed ‘Generation Equality’, submitting their own messages of inclusion and celebrations of diversity through artwork, poetry, creative writing, T-shirt designs, music and shorts.

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The S1-S3 category of the competition was judged by Brooke Combe, the Edinburgh singer-songwriter who went viral last year with a personal TikTok video of her performing the unofficial anthem of the Scottish football team for Euro 2020, Yes Sir, I Can Boogie.

Iona and Sophie’s efforts to be chosen among the top 10 nominations in their age group also led to the girls being named in a congratulatory motion to the Scottish Parliament in Helensburgh and MSP Lomond, Jackie Baillie.

Show Racism the Red Card was established as an educational charity in 1996 and uses the prominent status of football and soccer players to help tackle racism in society at large.

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