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Youth Achievement Awards 2011

The borough held its first Pride of Tameside Youth Achievement Awards at Dukinfield Town Hall, in the presence of The Worshipful, Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Susan Quinn.

During 2010, Tameside College launched a campaign which highlighted student success stories using a “Pride of Tameside” brand. The awards were designed to raise the profile of talented young people in the borough and to raise the aspirations of others who could be inspired by what their peers had achieved. The “Pride of Tameside” theme has now been expanded to celebrate the achievements of people from across Tameside in other fields such as volunteering, sport and business.

The first Tameside Youth Achievement Awards celebrated young people’s success with their schools and colleges, family and friends. The Awards have two lead sponsors – Tameside College and Tameside Council. Business sponsors include Brother UK and Tameside Radio.

The evening’s entertainment started with a performance from the Ashton Sixth Form College Chamber Choir, followed by ‘The Lost Generation’ a poem performed by students from Copley High School. The guests enjoyed two inspirational speeches during the ceremony presented by Claire Bibby, Assistant Executive Director, Schools, Youth and Community and teen-trepreneur, Sabirul Islam.

The Awards presentation then smoothly commenced, covering the twelve categories for the Youth Achievement Awards. All nominees had to be aged between 14-19 years old and studying in Tameside Metropolitan Borough, the categories, nominations and winners are listed below:

AS / A Level Student of the Year

FINALISTS
Anthony Mathews, Ashton Sixth Form College
Vinci Naruka, Ashton Sixth Form College
Karl Fairhurst, Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form College

WINNER
Vinci Naruka - Ashton Sixth Form College

Young Persons Award for Personal Achievement

FINALISTS
Leeanne McKew, Skills Solution
Sam McDonald, Ashton Sixth Form College
Rachel Cooper, Tameside College

WINNER
Sam McDonald - Ashton Sixth Form College

Vocational Student of the Year 14-16

FINALISTS
Michael Lawton, Ashton Sixth Form College
Emma Power, Tameside College
Matthew McGreevy, St Thomas More

WINNER
Matthew McGreevy - St Thomas More

Vocational Student of the Year 16-19

FINALISTS
Paul Sykes, Tameside College
Ben James, Ashton Sixth Form College
Adam Preece, Tameside College

WINNERS
Ben James - Ashton Sixth Form College & Paul Sykes - Tameside College

Young Persons Community Engagement Award

FINALISTS
Callum Davies, Denton Community College
Elliot Arnfield, New Charter Academy
Jessica Davies, Droylsden Academy

WINNER
Jessica Davies - Droylsden Academy

Young Apprentice of the Year

FINALISTS
Lewis Moorhouse, Tameside College
Sam Phillips, Tameside College
Kimberley Lowe McCormick, Tameside College

WINNER
Lewis Moorhouse - Tameside College

Apprentice of the Year

FINALISTS
James Brereton, Tameside College
Donna Perks, Tameside College
Nathan Burke, Tameside College

WINNER
Nathan Burke - Tameside College

Special Award for National Recognition / Achievement

FINALISTS
Gina Martiradonna, Ashton Sixth Form College
Oliver Campbell, Tameside College
Rebecca Tunney, Droylsden Academy

WINNER
Oliver Campbell - Tameside College

High School Student of the Year – Year 10

FINALISTS
Laura Hibbert, Copley High School
Ben Moss, West Hill School

WINNERS
Ben Moss - West Hill School & Laura Hibbert - Copley High School

GCSE Achievement Student of the Year

FINALISTS
Callum Marks, Hyde Technology School
Callum McCartney, West Hill School
Alexandra Farrow, Copley High School

WINNER
Callum McCartney - West Hill School

High School Student of the Year – Year 11

FINALISTS
David Kennedy, Longdendale
Alexandra Farrow, Copley High School
Callum McCartney, West Hill School

WINNER
Alexandra Farrow - Copley High School

Young Volunteer of the Year 14-19

FINALISTS
Alex Williams, DJ Delaney, Hayley Whittaker, Ashleigh Croft, Samuel Hudson, Joshua Walker, Kelly Dowell, Alex Walker, Chloe Dransfield, Molly Longden, Chloe Ellis and Rebecca Gould

WINNER
Alex Williams - Tameside Sports Development

A special thank you also goes to the Tameside Association of Head Teachers for their support, Tameside College Food Studies and Catering students who produced and served the canapés and the celebratory cake and the Travel students who welcomed the guests on arrival.