High Sheriff celebrates exceptional young citizens with award ceremony at Shrewsbury College

Shrewsbury College hosted the annual High Sheriff’s Young Citizenship Award this week, celebrating exceptional young people throughout Shropshire.

Now in its tenth year, the event continues to showcase the many endeavours carried out by young people (aged 18 years and under) who participate in activities within school and the wider community and gain the skills and experiences to cope with life and the challenges it brings.

This year 39 young citizens from across the county were nominated by schools and youth organisations. Parents, guardians and teachers joined the nominees during the evening’s award ceremony, where all those nominated received a certificate by the High Sheriff.

The High Sheriff for Shropshire, Robert Bland DL, said: “We are very fortunate to have found so many inspiring nominations for the 2015 High Sheriff’s Young Citizen Award from all parts of Shropshire. It was exceptionally difficult to select clear winners.”

Shrewsbury College Governors helped to shortlist this years’ candidates, with the two overall winners and seven runners up chosen by the High Sheriff. Seven runner ups were chosen this year due to what the High Sheriff described as a significantly high calibre of nominees.

Also attending the evening, was special guest, Amy Hughes, from Oswestry, who broke the world record last year for the most amount of marathons run during consecutive days (53). Amy spoke at the event about her passion and determination and why supporting and raising awareness of charities is a worthwhile cause.

Ruth Blackhurst, Event co-ordinator at Shrewsbury College, said: “This is the second time I’ve been directly involved with the High Sheriff awards and it’s always a pleasure to host an event where young people who work exceptionally hard and/or overcome barriers are rewarded.”

The two winners included: Alex Sperling, from Newport Girls High School, who ran a series of fundraising and awareness activities at school in aid of the charity Delete Blood Cancer, and Georgina Morris, from Bishops Castle Community College, for raising money to support a child in Birmingham Hospital and decorating houses for adults with mental health issues, amongst other activities.

Nominations came from - Shrewsbury College, Shrewsbury Sixth Form, The Priory school, Oswestry school. Oakmeadow CoE Primary school, Madeley Academy, Idsall Sixth Form, 1119 Shrewsbury Squadron Air Training Corps, Morton Hall, William Brookes, Ellesmere College, Mary Webb school, Adcote school, Bishops Castle Community College, Hope CoE Primary school, Thomas Adams, Meadows Primary, St Leonards Primary school, Bridgnorth Endowed school, Newport Girls High school, Apley Wood Primary school, Prestfelde school, and Craven Arms Commuity Centre.

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