Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Search for Stars

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Search for Stars

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Byline: By Cathy Spencer

Today we launch our hunt for the North East's top youngsters to pay tribute to their courage, determination and success.

The Chronicle's Young Achiever Awards 2003 aims to reward youngsters who have achieved great things against the odds.

Following the success of the last two years' awards we again aim to find the young people the region should be proud of.

There is a huge amount of positive work going on, but all too often it doesn't get the full attention it deserves.

This scheme aims to change that and recognise the efforts of the youth of today is crucial to the future success of the North East.

And one of the North East's current young success stories, Michelle Heaton, has given her backing to the awards.

The Gateshead pop star, who is enjoying a wave of success with her group Liberty X, said: "This is a brilliant way to celebrate and encourage all the young talent there is in the North East.

"It can only inspire young people to achieve their dreams and ambitions, knowing that there are organisations such as the Young Achiever Awards out there ready to recognise their hard work and achievements.

"Any project that nurtures and rewards talent can only help the whole community."

Our awards will highlight the achievements of our young people and show how much there is to celebrate.

Chronicle editor Paul Robertson said: "So often young people are stereotyped as being troublemakers who hang around street corners but the vast majority are hard-working, fun-loving, good citizens and we aim to celebrate this through Young Achievers.

"This is a positive way for a local newspaper at the heart of the community and our sponsors to reward young people from within the same community for their achievements in a whole range of areas."

The climax to last year's awards was a glittering ceremony at St James' Park.

Winners included Edalioda Zela, who escaped from war-torn Kosovo two years ago and arrived in this country only knowing a few words of English. …

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