Do you know a kid that’s one in a million? Once again The Star is looking for nominations for its annual Superkids Awards - and we want to hear all about South Yorkshire’s most amazing children and teenagers.
In our 18 years of Superkids, we’ve heard some amazing, inspirational stories of children’s talents, acts of bravery, support and dedication.
This year the awards - sponsored by Outwood Academy City - have 10 categories, providing plenty of opportunity for you to let us know about kids who have triumphed against adversity, helped their families or communities or demonstrated outstanding talent.
First up, the Triumph Over Adversity category, also sponsored by Outwood Academy City, is looking for a special little someone who has overcome the most troublesome of times, perhaps an illness or tragedy, and who you know to be stronger and more special than they will ever realise.
There’s a Bravery award, sponsored by Taylor Emmet solicitors, for someone who has overcome an obstacle with great courage, and an Educational award, sponsored by Parkwood Academy, for a tot who has achieved greatness academically or turned their grades around tremendously.
The Inspirational Young Person category, sponsored by Magna Science Adventure Centre, was created to recognise someone who has done something inspirational and is a great example to other young people.
The Fundraising award is for someone who has gone above and beyond to raise money for charity and has a real passion for helping others.
Supporting The Family is for a special little person who focuses their attentions where needed, in the home.
Maybe they go the extra mile for the ones they love, whether it’s a parent, grandparent or even a neighbour.
Next is the Carer of the Year category, which looks to recognise the thousands of young carers throughout South Yorkshire, providing vital help and support to family members, displaying maturity beyond their years. These youngsters give up huge amounts of their time and often miss out on a lot of things to help care for parents, siblings, grandparents or even a neighbour in their times of need. We think they should be recognised, so please send in your nominations for them and show them how special they really are.
The Sports award is for a child who attends a sports club and has achieved fantastic success; or perhaps they’re a great competitor who strives to be the best at their sport.
If you know a youngster who excels in the world of music or performing arts, nominate them for our Music & Performing Arts award to let them know you really think they’re the next star of the future.
Finally there’s our Special award, tailored for the special little person you want to say a big thank you to. Have they stared into the face of adversity or achieved something amazing?
Maybe it’s something seemingly small they do that makes a big difference to somebody around them.
The nominations for this category are always wide-ranging as it’s designed for Superkids who don’t seem to fit into any other category, but deserve recognition.
The Star’s Editor James Mitchinson said: “Superkids is about recognising and rewarding inspirational children, up to 18-years-old, from across the region and we’re urging people to nominate someone they think deserves some recognition.”
The ceremony is set to be a star-studded affair at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, on Wednesday, December 9.
The closing date for nominations is Sunday, November 22, so make sure you send us your pick.
To nominate your Star Superkid 2015, NOMINATE NOW - Click here to download your form and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org - or print off and post to: Star Superkids Awards, Haroldine Lockwood, Events Manager. Derbyshire Times, Spire Heights, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 2WG.