The Nottinghamshire Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Award aims to recognise young people who've achieved a great deal and pushed their personal boundaries, whatever they are. It is a county council initiative which is being supported by the Nottingham Evening Post to celebrate the achievements of young people across the county.
Now in its fifth year, the winner of the 2015 award will be announced at an event at County Hall on Friday 23 October to which the seven local winners and guests will be invited.
Nottinghamshire Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Award
The awards are a celebration of excellence and achievement among our young people including those who:
- have triumphed over adversity
- care for people around them
- are working hard within their community to make a difference.
Nominees are identified by peers, youth leaders, teachers and family members as a special source of inspiration.
The award shortlist is decided by panels of young people will meet in each district during July and August. The panels will look at all the nominations from their district and select a local winner to go forward for the county award.
The seven local winners will then be considered by a final judges panel which will include the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, the editor of the Nottingham Post, other senior politicians, the Chairperson of Nottinghamshire County Council's Young People’s Board and last year's winner of the award.
The overall winner in 2014 was Tiegan Hull from Keyworth. Tiegan was nominated because of the way in which she supported her terminally ill father Timothy and the way she responded to challenges after he passed away, as well as for her work in her local community.
The 2013 4Uth county-wide winner was Sarah Miles from Ashfield. Sarah cares for her mother and lost her dad two years ago to bone cancer in September 2011 after he spent three years battling the disease. Sarah cared for him throughout this period and has been her mum's carer since 2010.
She wakes up every day at 6am to check how her mum is feeling and supports mum by dressing her and getting her food ready if she needs it that day.
Bassetlaw’s Lauren Hall has been crowned as the overall winner of the 2012 awards.
Lauren Hall, 18, from Ranby, was initially nominated by teacher Maria Hall. In Year 10, Lauren suffered a head injury following a sudden collapse which resulted in partial vision, and she was also diagnosed with Coeliac disease which led to blood sugar problems.
Despite a very weak auto immune system she finished her GCSEs with some excellent results and joined Retford Post 16 to do her A levels and alongside her studies she took part in other activities such as.trampolining (reached Nationals and coming sixth), coaching it and tutoring street dance.
She was forced to give up sport after collapsing in March - it was discovered she had heart related problems. Despite this huge set-back, she continues to coach from the sidelines as a sports leader for the district council alongside her studies and is looking to the future positively.