School mourns loss of ‘inspiration’ Joe

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FAMILY, friends and school colleagues are mourning after the death of an ‘outstanding and inspirational’ teenager.

Joe Wilson died in hospital this week, five days after collapsing suddenly.

Fellow pupils at Taylor High School in New Stevenston had held a prayer vigil for him at Carfin Grotto on Sunday night and messages of support had flooded in after friend Chris Lawlor used Facebook and Twitter to urge people to pray for him.

Joe (17), of Carroll Crescent, Newarthill, was a sixth year student at the school. He is survived by parents Alan and Veronica, and younger sister Angela.

Joe had achieved five A band 1 Highers in the 2011 SQA exams and was planning to study medicine at university.

Taylor High head teacher Gerry McCormick said: “Joe was an outstandingly able student who won the school prize for outstanding academic attainment in fifth year at our annual Celebrating Success ceremony.

“ He was one of the select band of students in North Lanarkshire who received the Convenor’s Award for outstanding academic achievement, both ceremonies taking place only last month.

“He was a young man of outstanding personal qualities who was a friend to everyone in the school. He took part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, most notably as a school vice-captain in fifth year and by running a table tennis club for younger students, a sport close to his heart and one at which he excelled.

“Joe led first aid training for first year pupils and had been rehearsing first year students for their nativity play.”

For full story, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, December 22.