Final countdown begins to The News’ Youth Awards

RECOGNITION Sam Merrick, five, with his family and friends after being crowned the Star of the Year at The News' inaugural youth awards. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142135-2936)
RECOGNITION Sam Merrick, five, with his family and friends after being crowned the Star of the Year at The News' inaugural youth awards. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142135-2936)
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THE nominations have kept coming over the last two months.

And now the countdown is on to choose the winners of The News’ Youth Awards.

The awards are back for the second year running to celebrate the inspiring, heroic and courageous things our youngsters do.

Whether it’s raising money for charity, excelling at school, helping a friend, or living life in the face of adversity, we wanted our community to come together to recognise the triumphs of our young people.

And we were not disappointed.

Young people aged 17 and under have been nominated across each of the 12 categories, each with their own uplifting story.

We have received nominations from across the area, with schools, parents, relatives and friends filling out forms.

Rosie Morgan, events co-ordinator at Johnston Press South, said: ‘I’m over the moon.

‘We had a fantastic amount of nominations last year, but this year has exceeded my expectations.

‘Every single category has been really well supported.

‘We have loved reading about the young people and their stories, many of which really tug at the heartstrings.

‘We are very appreciative of people taking the time to fill in the nomination forms.

‘The nominations show there are some amazing young people living in our community and many show maturity and courage well beyond their years.

‘I would also like to thank the sponsors for their support. Without them this fabulous initiative would not happen.’

Next week The News will be launching a Readers Choice supplement which will give readers the chance to vote for their overall favourite.

And a judging panel, including the editor of The News Mark Waldron, will have the difficult task of picking a winner and runner-up in each of the categories.

Every young person nominated will be recognised for their efforts and receive a certificate of achievement.

There are a number of prizes for the winners.

Rosie added: ‘The awards will be taking place at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on Sunday, June 14.

‘It’s something we are really excited about. It should be a great day.’

For the full list of categories and the nomination form, see page 14 of The News today