Talented teenagers from across Doncaster were recognised for their talent and hard work at an annual awards ceremony - and they also had a ringing endorsement from One Direction star Louis Tomlinson.
A total of 35 pupils from 18 secondary schools and Doncaster College were invited to the Mansion House for the Doncaster Freemen Group’s Young People’s Awards which are designed to reward youngsters who have shown exceptional talent or overcome adversity to excel in their studies.
Boyband star Louis, 21, of Bessacarr, sent a message to organisers Doncaster Freeman Group prior to the event congratulating the youngsters.
Group chairman Tony Storey, 74, who was Louis’ headteacher at The Hayfield School in Auckley, said: “We keep in touch and he said although he couldn’t be here he wanted to wish all the school kids the best and that he hopes they have a successful future.
“We need to remember 95 per cent of young people are well behaved and are high achievers and we need to celebrate that.”
Students were presented with their certificates by Councillor Eddie Dobbs, civic mayor of Doncaster, last Thursday.
Councillor Dobbs said he was pleased to see so many students working hard at school and added: “All the young people I have spoken to have said they are going to university and that is wonderful.”
Among those picking up an award was Don Valley School student Adam Harrison who managed to focus on his studies while dealing with the death of his mum while he was in the sixth form.
In his nomination submission, teachers wrote: “Adam has shown that whilst experiencing such a sad and difficult time in his life, he has an ability to remain focused throughout his studies and still be very caring and still be very caring, gentle, compassionate and conscientious.”
Millie Murphy was also rewarded for her continued dedication at The McAuley Catholic High School despite suffering from a condition which causes her to have mini strokes.
Her teachers said: “She has managed to complete her GCSE exams and made a special effort to come into school even after study leave to complete any outstanding work.”
Emily Arnold, of Rossington All Saints Academy, was also singled out for being an “outstanding pupil” despite having cystic fibrosis and asthma.
Her citation read: “She is a very focused student, with lively discussion skills.”
Sonia Athi, who attends Trinity Academy in Thorne, is set to read history at Warwick University having excelled in her A-Levels while receiving treatment for cancer.
Teachers said: “Her determination to succeed is most admirable.”
Event organisers, the Doncaster Freemen Group, is an umbrella organisation for people given the freedom of the borough and whose ranks include Last Of The Summer Wine and Open All Hours writer Roy Clarke, opera star Lesley Garrett and Mexborough’s marathon man Tommy Joyce MBE.
Full list of winners:-
Ash Hill Academy, Hatfield - Amy Byatt, Munashe Chibwe;
The Armthorpe School - Billy Yu, Donna Laver;
Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College - Chloe Craven, Halmt Kadiri;
Campsmount Technology College - Philip Thompson, Hollie Gladman;
Danum Academy - Jack Barlow, Ramoya Randall;
De Warenne Academy, Conisbrough - Declan Earp, Emma Taylor;
Don Valley Academy - Charlotte Larner, Adam Harrison;
Doncaster College - Mat Scott;
Hall Cross School - Naomi Smith, Emily Ibbotson;
The Hayfield School - Greg White, Jessica Hill;
Hungerhill School - Charlie McGough, Lucy Chappell;
The McAuley Catholic High School, Cantley - Millie Murphy, Henry Cawthorne;
Mexborough School Specialist Science College - Amy Glover, Connor Fieldsend;
Outwood Academy, Adwick - Loren Rushton, Josh Wray;
Ridgewood School Special Engineering College - Jodie Ng, Samuel Jones;
Rossington All Saints Academy - Emily Arnold, Danny Walker;
Sir Thomas Wharton Community College, Edlington - Kannika Nathomthong, Rob Mackintosh;
Trinity Academy, Thorne - Blaike Watkins, Sonia Athi.