Congratulations to Carly McCullough (Form IV) who has been performing as Maria, the lead role, in Belfast Youth in the Arts’ production of ‘West Side Story’. She sang and acted this incredibly difficult role superbly, and with maturity beyond her years. Since January, Carly has been rehearsing weekly with the company, along with Chloe Lynas and Ciera McCotter (Form IV), who also played significant supporting roles in the production. The project is funded by the Arts Council Northern Ireland and the PSNI, and aims to tackle issues relevant to young people living in Northern Ireland today. The cast worked with a leading graffiti artist to create a ‘peace wall’ and ‘tree of hope’.