OPINION: Honour our mini heroes

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Kids and teenagers are always up to no good aren’t they?
If you’re a regular Star reader you’ll know that nothing could be further from the truth.

Every day we put the spotlight on some fantastic children.
Kids who are charity champions. Children who do their bit for their communities. Young people who keep their families together. Brave kids, clever kids, budding Olympians, youngsters battling against all the odds.

We tell their inspiring stories every day.

But, sadly, these uplifting tales are all too often overshadowed by the less than inspiring antics of the minority, the thugs and vandals who really do give youngsters a bad name.

Now you have the chance to redress the balance, to give our VIP youngsters the recognition they deserve.

Our Superkids competition is back and we want you to make sure that your little star is up there shining brightly.

One of the stand-out stories of last year’s contest was that of Max Cole, a quick-thinking eight-year-old who saved his gran when she slipped into a diabetic coma.
His family said the little lad was proud as punch to be named a Superkid and the honour gave him a real boost.

Max was just one of a roll- call of great kids The Star has been proud to single out as Superkids over the last decade or so.

The nine categories this year give ample opportunity to single out a huge range of talented young people.

We’re looking for a brave youngster and one who has triumphed over adversity, be that illness or disadvantage.

We want to hear about youngsters who are supporting their families, perhaps helping to care for disabled parents or siblings. Do you know a model citizen doing their bit for the environment?

We’re keen to hear about the fundraising that many of our youngsters undertake for a huge range of good causes.

We know there are some talented young people in Sheffield and we want to shout about their achievements, on the sports field or in the classroom.These special young people are out there – tell us about them.