Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wonder Young Stars

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wonder Young Stars

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Byline: By Nicola Juncar

The pride of the region are rewarded for their fantastic achievements

Today the Chronicle reveals the winners of our Young Achiever Awards 2006.

Here are some of the bravest and brightest from our region, nominated by you, our readers, for our annual campaign.

The awards are in their sixth year and are to highlight the many hardworking young people here to inspire others.

Judges painstakingly whittled down nominations to 33 finalists in 11 categories and each one was invited to yesterday's awards ceremony at Newcastle United's St James' Park, with their friends and family.

The winners are: Gavin McCran for the GCSE award; Monju Meah for the A Level award; Kirstie Cheetham for the NVQ award; Sara Darrat for the apprenticeship award; Tom Poulton for the undergraduate award; Sandra Hyslop for the sport and recreation award; Martin McGill for the business and enterprise award; Stuart Mel Wilson for the arts award; Steven Henderson for the technology award; Dominic Collins for the special award; and the Environflippin' Mental Group for the community award.

Each category winner received pounds 1,000 and a trophy and the 22 runners-up got pounds 250 and a certificate.

Gavin McCran, 17, of Morpeth, also won the Overall Award for outstanding achievement.

Gavin had to deal with the trauma of his mum suffering cancer and yet was able to take good care of her, as well as pursue his academic studies and sporting achievements.

Sadly, his mum died during his GCSE year and, as he has no dad, he had to move home to live with his older sister. Despite this stressful time, Gavin, surpassed all expectations and achieved excellent GCSE results, including three As, four Bs and three Cs at The King Edward VI School. He is now studying hard for his A Levels.

Gavin said: "I was really surprised to win the category award. Of the three finalists I felt the least worthy and to win the overall award was a total shock. …

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