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Derbyshire Young Achiever awards

Some of the county�s most exceptional young people have been recognised by Derbyshire County Council at a glitzy Oscar-style ceremony. In an emotional night of smiles, tears and laughter 97 young people, aged 4 to 18, received awards during the ceremony held at Highfields School in Matlock on Friday 8th December.

The authority launched its annual Derbyshire Young Achiever awards eight years ago in a bid to promote a positive image of young people and to highlight some of their outstanding personal achievements.

Each young person was nominated because they had shown:

  • Bravery, such as fighting an illness or living with a disability
  • Kindness in helping others
  • Commitment to improving their school, community or local environment
  • Sporting, musical, artistic or academic success.

At the awards ceremony Councillor Western said:

�The Derbyshire Young Achievers event is always a humbling experience and this year has been no exception with many truly remarkable stories and achievements. This event shows the courage, bravery, kindness and commitment of young people, qualities which unfortunately rarely get the recognition they deserve.�

Each young achiever was presented with a framed certificate and a portable DVD player.

Picture of Conor Isaacs

This year one �Young Achiever� came from Crich. Conor Isaacs, aged ten, from Crich was nominated by all his teachers at Crich Junior School for his determination in fighting leukaemia. He has not let the disease or treatment prevent him taking part in the full life of the school.

He has just started drumming lessons and is a member of the Year Six band and school orchestra. He has also recently been elected to his school council. In his manifesto he wrote that he is "a good listener and always there if you need a friend".

Photo Matlock Mercury