Aaron Keown, Year 10W, Wallace High School
I have always been interested in wildlife and conservation. My two school principals at Ballinderry Primary School, Mrs Magowan and Mrs Galbraith, encouraged me to get involved and represent my class on the school Eco Council. We worked towards getting our school Eco flag and even managed to have solar panels fitted on the school roof.
At Wallace High School, the opportunity came up to volunteer with Ulster Wildlife’s Grassroots Challenge for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, and I thought it sounded very interesting. I imagined it would involve doing activities with my group of friends from school, such as tree planting and visiting nature reserves. I thought the social aspect would be fun. However, the Universe had other plans and a global pandemic threw a spanner in the works!