It’s time to recognise the young heroes of our community.
We asked our readers to nominate the young people who make a difference – and nominate they certainly did.
Since launching the Youth Awards 2016 at the end of February, we have received a total of 92 nominations.
And the stories of these young people are truly inspirational.
We have heard about children who have overcome cancer, others who have helped their family in times of crisis, while others have smiled in the face of adversity.
The talent in our community has been shown as we had nominations from youth theatres, musicians, writers and children who have done exceptionally well at school.
Some children have raised thousands of pounds for charity, while others have gone the extra mile to help the environment or their local neighbourhood.
Many of these wonderful stories will be featured in The News next week as we take a look at the nominations.
All the nominations are now with our judges, who include the editor of The News Mark Waldron and representatives from the sponsors of the awards.
It comes as the countdown begins for the awards show, which takes place at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on Sunday, June 12.
The show starts at 2pm, with doors open from 1.30pm.
Tickets are now available – and the best bit is they are all free!
Liz Parker, one of the organisers, is excited about the upcoming show, which will include entertainment as well as the awards presentation.
She said: ‘I’m thrilled with the support we have had for the Youth Awards this year.
‘I want to thank each and every person that took the time to nominate.
‘I want a full house at the Kings Theatre, so please get in touch for tickets.’
Mark Waldron said: ‘This is the third year of The News Youth Awards and the support seems to grow every year.
‘The judges are going to face a tough time deciding who are the winners and runners-up in the categories.’
For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
People must state who they are supporting (the name of the nominee), how many tickets they need, a contact phone number and whether they need wheelchair access or any special seating requirements.
Alternatively call Liz Parker on (023) 9262 2206.
People can also call the Kings Theatre box office on (023) 9282 8282.
ARTS/MEDIA STAR - sponsored by Fareham College
BEST FRIEND OF THE YEAR
CHALLENGING A DISABILITY
Eden Rainbow Cooper
FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR
Willow Travers-Ayre, Sonet Strachan, Elena Barter, Sophie
Bradley Harding-Martin and Liam Percival
HERO OF THE YEAR
Jacob - Kanu Smith
INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR
LEARNER OF THE YEAR - sponsored by Highbury College
STAGE STAR - sponsored by the Kings Theatre
Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre
Fareham Musical Society Youth Theatre
Horndean Community Association
STAR OF THE COMMUNITY
Cadet Corporal Beatrice Grant-
Ellie Hill and Katie Edwards-
Havant Volunteer Police Cadets
STAR OF THE ENVIRONMENT - sponsored by Verisona Law
QE Park – Little Squirrels – toddler/parent
Students of Churchers College
St Alban’s Cof E Assisted Primary
STAR OF THE FAMILY
Matthew Taylor (known to his friends as Matty)