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Youngsters recognised for inspiring behaviour
6:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Local News
YOUNGSTERS who have acted as inspiring role models were celebrated at an awards bash in recognition of their hard work and dedication.
Run by young people in partnership with Basildon Borough and Essex County councils, the Celebration of Youth Awards aimed to showcase the positive things youngsters are doing in their area.
This year’s Halloween inspired ceremony, which took place at the Towngate Theatre and was sponsored by West&Coe funeral directors, saw awards given out for nine categories.
They included volunteering, improved behaviour, inspirational role model, an act of courage/overcoming adversity, achievement in art/culture, achievement in sport/physical activity, worker recognition, young person with responsibility, and school prefect or mentor of 2013.
Basildon mayor Mo Larkin was among the dignitaries who saw the youngsters receive their awards.
Terri Sargent, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for community services, said: “Recognising the positive contribution and influence young people have in the community is something which is often overlooked, so I am pleased this event helps to highlight how special our young people are.
“Thank you to all the local businesses who have sponsored the sixth annual Celebration of Youth Awards.”
The winners were nominated by other young people, teachers, parents, and anyone who works with youngsters in the borough.
Nominations were open to individuals aged between ten and 19 years old, or up to 25 years old for those with additional needs.
The winner of each category received a trophy and high street shopping vouchers.
This year’s winners were: * Adam Thorpe – act of courage/overcoming adversity.
* Annie Wiseman – young person with responsibilities * Lauren Rea – achievement in art/culture * Harriet Smith – inspirational role model * Shane Allum – school prefect/ mentor * Courtney Rose Davis – improved behaviour * Ezra Stratford – achievement in sport * Liam Ganney – volunteering * Gemma McKay – worker recognition.
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