AN East Renfrewshire teenager has missed out on her bid to be crowned Miss Scotland.

Skye Stander was one of just 18 entrants from across the country who made it through to the final of the prestigious contest.

However, she was pipped at the post by Keryn Matthew, from Edinburgh, when the glittering awards ceremony took place on Saturday night.

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Skye, who recently finished her final exams at St Ninian’s High School, in Giffnock, had said winning the contest would be “life-changing.”

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As part of her bid for glory, the Newton Mearns girl had been raising funds for Cancer Support Scotland’s Heads Up group, which helps people who are battling head and neck cancer.

The cause is close to Skye’s heart, as her grandfather died from the same illness earlier this year.

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Skye said: “It was just an amazing experience.

“It was great to be given the chance to share more about my chosen charity.

“I hope to do it again.” 

Skye is now turning her attentions to university life and will start a degree in law at Glasgow Caledonian University in September. 

But the teen will always look fondly on her experiences during her Miss Scotland journey and believes the contest is so much more than what people believe.

She added: "It was so great seeing all of the girls and hearing about all of their charities.

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"People have their ideas of what Miss Scotland is but it is nothing like that at all.

"It really is beauty with a purpose.

"I would just love to get a chance to do it again one day." 

Keryn, 24, takes over as Miss Scotland from 2018 winner Linzi McLelland. 

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