Search is on for top youngsters

THE search is on to find the county’s most deserving youngsters who could pick up one of Derbyshire County Council’s Young Achiever Awards 2012.

The awards, which have been running for 14 years, recognise extraordinary children and young people in the county for: bravery in fighting an illness; kindness in helping others; commitment to improving their school, community or local environment or sporting, musical, artistic or academic success.

Cllr Barry Lewis, Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “We know there are some very special young people in Derbyshire and I’d like to encourage everyone to think about nominating a young person they think deserves special recognition.”

All youngsters aged from three to 18 who attend a Derbyshire infants, primary, secondary or special school, or who live in Derbyshire, are eligible for an award and nominations can come from schools, community leaders, councils and members of the public.

Those who are chosen will be invited to a glitzy Oscar-style ceremony in December where they will be presented with certificates and a small gift in recognition of their efforts.

Nomination forms are being distributed to schools, libraries, councils and other community venues or they can be filled in at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/youngachievers.

The closing date for nominations is October 19. Derbyshire County Council will host a special ceremony for Young Achievers at Highfields School, Matlock, on Friday December 7.