Prestigious trophy is given to star students who go the extra mile

Jonathan Brocklehurst (18) with The President of The Rotary Club of Havant Mike Sellis and Anna Tapper (16)'' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142610-2276)
Jonathan Brocklehurst (18) with The President of The Rotary Club of Havant Mike Sellis and Anna Tapper (16)'' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142610-2276)

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TWO talented young people who have gone the extra mile to achieve their goals have been award a coveted trophy.

Jonathan Brocklehurst and Anna Tapper were all smiles as they received their trophies at a ceremony at the Newtown House Hotel, Hayling Island.

Jonathan, 18, and Anna, 16, picked up the 2014 Derek Lamont Young Person of the Year Award from Havant Rotary Club.

Jonathan, of Oaklands Road, Havant, said: ‘I was very pleased. I was honoured to be considered by the principal of Havant College. It feels as though my efforts have been acknowledged.’

Jonathan is the youngest ever president of the Student Union, principal trumpet for Hampshire Youth Wind Ensemble, and has competed at the British Colleges National Volleyball Finals.

Anna’s achievements include gaining ‘Elite Gymnast’ status in Sports Acrobatic Gymnastics and competing in international competitions.

As well as training for more than 20 hours a week, she coaches recreational gymnastics and achieved outstanding GCSE results.

Both were delighted to receive the trophy and a £200 prize from club president Mike Sellis.

Jonathan is now on a gap year before going off to study at Stirling University with a view to becoming a history teacher.

Anna, of Stockheath Way, Havant, was nominated by Teresa Hayes, assistant principal at Havant Academy.

Mrs Hayes said: ‘Anna is an outstanding young woman who approaches everything she does with dedication and maturity.’

Mr Sellis said: ‘The Lamont Award is open to those aged 11 to 18 and is made in memory of past President Derek Lamont who was passionate about the future of young people and bequeathed to the club the funds to support the award.’