Last week I attended the Portsmouth Pupil Oscars, a yearly celebration where school students are presented with awards on stage at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
The evening got off to a great start with a musical performance from young people living in the city.
Performances were given throughout the evening by youngsters such as singer/songwriter Jerry Williams, Kings Youth Theatre and Miltoncross School.
Jo Bennington, a spokeswoman for Kings Youth Theatre, said: ‘The performers wee really looking forward to appearing on stage and the fact that they had the opportunity to do it on our home stage was brilliant.’
Jerry Williams, 17, from Milton said: ‘I’m excited and buzzed to perform on the Kings Theatre stage – I’ve never done this before!’
Encouraged and supported by her parents on the evening, she also said: ‘I’m overwhelmed with the opportunities that have come to me and am very pleased to have been asked to perform here this evening.’
The young people who were at the evening continuously bombarded me with an inspiring message, which was ‘never give up’.
If you fail the first time, try again.
These words are extremely important, especially in this day and age.
Throughout the evening as awards were presented, individuals won an overall certificate for each of the categories.
Oasis Parvin, the winner of the Attendance Award, said she was overwhelmed by what she won and was excited to receive her first trophy.
The evening also included various other awards such as Service To The Community, Overcoming Difficulties and an Overall Outstanding Achievement Award.
The Overall Outstanding Achievement Award, the main award of the evening, was won by Josh Lee for his continuous support of his family during difficult times.
Josh balanced his social
life, education and keeping a good spirit in the house, ensuring that everyone was safe and well.
Further to this, he was praised for his vast commitment and was presented with his award on stage by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Lynne Stagg.
While interviewing Josh, I could see the emotional impact it had on him and his parents and what it really meant for them all.
What a fantastic evening!