Talented teenagers from the Dearne 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.
This included two students from Mexborough School Specialist Science College and two from De Warenne Academy in Conisbrough.
Doncaster’s boyband star Louis, 21, 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.
Coun 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 De Warenne Academy student Declan Earp who was praised for his “enthusiasm and commitment”.
In his nomination submission, teachers said: “On the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition Declan motivated and assisted team members who were struggling and freely took on more arduous tasks with more than his fair share of planning and navigating to allow others more rest.”
Fellow De Warenne pupil Emma Taylor was singled out for her hard work in organising last year’s Christmas concert, which raised more than £150 for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice Appeal.
Teachers said: “This was by far the most ambitious concert, organised by a student, to be staged at the academy. Emma project managed the entire event and she was keen to involve as many younger students as she could.”
Mexborough School pupil Amy Glover has won numerous awards for her academic achievements and she is also active outside of normal school hours.
Her submission read; “Amy has led on various fund raising events, organised extra-curricular activities and has supported students and teachers at after school and extra-curricular events.”
Connor Fieldsend, also of Mexborough School, has overcome disability and met all the challenges facing him head on.
Teachers said: “Connor is a role model and an inspiration to all and is well respected by both students and staff.”
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.