Still time to nominate young achievers for annual award

There’s still time to nominate deserving and exceptional youngsters for Derbyshire County Council’s Young Achiever Awards 2012.

Schools, community leaders, councils and members of the public are invited to nominate outstanding youngsters for the annual awards.

The awards, which have been running for 14 years, recognise extraordinary children and young people in the county for:

* Bravery in fighting an illness

* Kindness in helping others

* Commitment to improving their school, community or local environment

* Sporting, musical, artistic or academic success.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Barry Lewis said: “We’ve already started to get nominations in for this year’s awards highlighting some of our young people’s amazing achievements at school or in their community, dealing with an illness, disability or a difficult issue in their lives, or their particular musical or sporting talents.

“We know there are some very special young people in Derbyshire and I’d like to encourage everyone to think about nominating a young person they think deserves special recognition for their efforts.”

All youngsters aged from three to 18 who attend a Derbyshire infant, primary, secondary or special school, or who live in Derbyshire, are eligible for an award.

Successful youngsters and their guests will be invited to a glitzy Oscar-style ceremony in December where they will be presented with certificates and a small gift in recognition of their efforts.

Young Achiever nomination forms are currently being distributed to schools, libraries, councils and other community venues. They can also be filled in and sent online by visiting the county council’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/youngachievers
The closing date for nominations is Friday 12th October. Derbyshire County Council will host a special ceremony for Young Achievers at Highfields School, Matlock on Friday 7th December 2012.