UNSUNG heroes and rising stars of Sheffield’s education system were honoured at a glitzy Celebration of Success night held at the City Hall, writes education reporter Mike Russell.
Sixteen awards were presented on stage by the city’s great and good to both children and young people and the adults that work with them.
The evening also featured audio-visual presentations and entertainment performed by school and community groups.
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Joseph Panasiuk was named Sheffield Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Two youngsters were named Students of the Year – one from the primary and one from the secondary sector.
Ten-year-old Alicia Hare was praised for her progress at school – in the last two terms alone her teachers said she had made two years’ progress in English and maths and said she was an inspiration both to fellow pupils and teachers.
Seventeen-year-old Holly Bee won the senior title for excellence at A-level which has won her a place at Magdalene College, Cambridge. She is also a talented actress and was praised as an ‘excellent, independent and free-thinking student’ who w as modest about her ability.
Young Persons of the Year were Kamelija Ahmed, seven, and Duane Gailbraith, 14.
Kamelija has defied the challenges of Down’s syndrome to be successful at school, while Duane has overcome problems to achieve excellent academic results.
Two pupils also shared the Sheffield Young Sports Star of the Year award.
Ten-year-old Mia Jowitt is a talented ice skater who this year won gold at the Under 14 European Championships in Paris. Mia trains six days a week at iceSheffield but still does very well at school.
Darren Forde, 15, was praised for his skills as a rugby player who won a scholarship with Sheffield Eagles two years ago. He uses his sporting achievements to inspire others and works hard to encourage primary pupils to sign up for sporting activities.
The city’s Young Musician of the Year is 16-year-old Naomi Jo Biggin, who is tipped for the top in the pop world, being managed by a company which represents Lily Allen and Natasha Bedingfield.
She spends almost every weekend in London either writing and recording her own songs or meeting with record labels and music executives, developing her own unique image and sound.
Young Artist of the Year is 16-year-old Oliver Byrne who produced 32 abstract art creations based around the top players at last year’s World Snooker Championships.
His work has raised a great deal of money for charity.