Children of achievement from across Doncaster gathered at the Mansion House for an awards ceremony to recognise their educational endeavours.
Dozens of pupils from the region’s secondary schools attended the Young People’s Awards 2014, hosted by the Doncaster Freemen Group to honour children who have overcome adversity or achieved high standards in the classroom.
Chairman Tony Storey, who was head of the Hayfield School for 38 years, said: “Young people with positive attitudes and life skills are an important part of our community.
“Large numbers in our secondary schools, academies and colleges add enormous value to the borough in a rainbow of ways – academic and vocational achievements, sporting prowess, music, drama and dance activities, charity initiatives and by role modelling purposeful lifestyles.”
Each secondary school was asked to nominate pupils, who were presented with certificates by Civic Mayor, Coun Pat Haith.
Among those receiving awards was Ash Hill Academy pupil Hannah Brown. Hannah was diagnosed with a brain tumour shortly before her GCSEs in 2013 and sat two of her exams the day after surgery while still in her hospital bed.
Doctors have since discovered that the cancer is terminal, but a school spokesman said: “Despite this, Hannah remains one of our most upbeat, committed and determined members of sixth form and the Academy as a whole.”
Balby Carr’s Igor Tyminski, who arrived in the UK from Poland five years ago barely able to speak English, was also praised for his achievements, which have made him ready to take up a place at Manchester University.
Doncaster College student Jack Hitchman, who has autism, learning difficulties and other health issues, picked up a certificate while fellow student Kirsty Summers, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was also praised.
Hall Cross Academy’s Kevin Kanika, who arrived in Doncaster from the Congo in September 2012, was another who was recognised for overcoming adversity, with homelessness issues and no-one having parental responsibility for him in the UK not stopping him in his bid to become a lawyer.
McAuley School pupil Brad France, a lifeguard in his spare time, was praised for helping to carry out a pool rescue.
Mr Storey added: “The pupils selected cover an amazing range of attributes – congratulations to all of them.”
Following the ceremony, all the pupils were treated to a tour of the Mansion House by Coun Yvonne Woodcock, as well as a buffet lunch.