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Jack Petchey awards honour young achievers in Newham

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 September 2016

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The glittering achievements of youngsters across the borough were recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

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From budding actors, lifesavers and sports stars to those overcoming hardships and illnesses were celebrated at the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards at Cineworld in the O2 last night.

Students from 23 schools and colleges scooped prizes on the night, acknowledging their astonishing community spirit and talent.

A teenager who has refused to let a health condition hold her back and a quick-thinking sixth-form student who saved a girl’s life in a medical emergency were among those collecting a medallion, to add to the certificate and £200 they had previously received.

Borough Commander Tony Nash said: “Yet again the Jack Petchey Foundation recognises achievement of the young people of Newham.

“Whether you are a resident, business or simply work in Newham, we have fantastic young people whose achievements we need to recognise on a daily basis.

“With community support they can achieve greatness and set the tone for all our futures.

“In a world that moves from local to global in a split second, the young people of Newham are truly exceptional.”

Alongside the young winners, leader awards were also presented to staff members to recognise extraordinary achievement in helping youngsters fulfil their potential.

The talent in the borough was further highlighted through the array of music on the night, with students from Chobham Academy, St Angela’s Ursuline and Langdon Academy taking to the stage between presentations.

The Recorder’s acting news editor, Sophie Morton, helped to present the awards and said: “It was a privilege to attend the ceremony and meet some of the borough’s inspirational young people.

“They, their schools and their families should all be very proud of what they have achieved.”

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