FOR Chanise Scullion, juggling homelife and school hasn’t always been easy.
From an early age the St Edmund’s Catholic School pupil, in Arundel Street, has memories of a tough home life, which included her parents splitting up.
And due to her mother Vikki having health problems, Chanise, 13, also looks after her two younger siblings.
But despite all this she has managed to get back on track at school and has also picked up an award to recognise her efforts.
She walked away with the Outstanding Overall Achievement award at this year’s Pupil Oscars.
Chanise said: ‘From a very young age I remember things being tough.
‘Things went downhill and then uphill, before going back down.
‘I’d say things are starting to go up again.’
Mum Vikki, 34, of Lake Road, Portsmouth, suffers from chronic fatigue, depression and fibromyalgia – which causes her severe pain.
She said: ‘Chanise has had to put up with a lot from a young age.
‘All that meant she got quite behind in her school work and she would get angry and take it out on others.
‘But now things are getting better and she helps me out so much.’
Chanise helps to look after her brother Joshua, 12, and sister Annalise, seven.
The Pupil Oscars, which is in its ninth year, was set up to recognise pupils like Chanise.
The event was held at The Kings Theatre, in Albert Road, Southsea.
Chanise was given a trophy, certificate and gift vouchers worth £100. Chanise said: ‘I was so shocked when I heard my name called out – I started shaking.’
Vikki said: ‘It’s amazing she won, and I’m so proud.’
In all there were 110 nominees for five categories – attendance, service to the community, overcoming difficulties, curriculum and achievement and contribution to school life.
The awards were set up by the Council of Portsmouth Students (Cops) and the Portsmouth Youth Parliament (PYP).
Each school in the city can put forward one pupil per category, before a judging panel made up of Cops and PYP students pick winners.
Each winner was presented with a trophy, certificate and a £50 gift voucher.
The evening also had live entertainment, which included a performance from the MX Modern Dance Troupe, made up of pupils from Miltoncross school.
Councillor Rob Wood, who is in charge of children and education at the city council, said: ‘The Pupil Oscars is a fantastic way of celebrating the achievements of students from Portsmouth schools.
‘I would like to congratulate all the children and young people who have been nominated.
‘Their stories are truly inspirational.’