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Selfless Castle Manor Academy and Samuel AMENDED: Ward Academy students awarded Rotary Club of Haverhill & District Young Citizen Awards




A quartet of secondary school students who put ‘service above self’ were recognised for their altruism this week when they each received a Young Citizen Award from the Rotary Club of Haverhill & District.

Castle Manor Academy students Amelia Thomas and Cassie Barbosa, both 11, and Samuel Ward Academy students Kathir Parthipan, 16 and Neve Hopkins, 15, accepted their awards - a framed certificate and £30 worth of book tokens - during a presentation at Haverhill Golf Club on Monday.

The mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Margaret Marks, who presented the quartet with their prizes, said: “Seeing these young people and what they are doing for the schools and for themselves and for the wider community is really empowering and really important. I think we should be enormously proud of them.”

Cassie Barbosa, Amelia Thomas, Cllr Margaret Marks, Neve Hopkins and Kathir Parthipan at the Rotary Club of Haverhill & District Young Citizen Awards. Picture by Terry McGerty.
Cassie Barbosa, Amelia Thomas, Cllr Margaret Marks, Neve Hopkins and Kathir Parthipan at the Rotary Club of Haverhill & District Young Citizen Awards. Picture by Terry McGerty.

Haverhill Rotarian, Duncan Howlett, said: “The idea of this is to reward those that have helped their school or their community in general other than with academic situations.

“Rotary itself has a motto ‘service above self’ and there’s 1.2 million of us in the world trying to do that so we like to try and encourage youngsters to follow in our footsteps in whichever way they can.”

Castle Manor teacher, Paul Gardiner praised Cassie and Amelia for their efforts in organising a collection in school of toys, bears, games and books before wrapping them up, labelling them and handing them out as Christmas presents to the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme in Cambridge.

Both Kathir and Neve were praised by one of their teachers, Tara Bennett.

Both, said Miss Bennett, are school ambassadors, while Kathir is the West Suffolk member for the Suffolk UK Youth Parliament and helped out with a 30 day mental health challenge.

Neve is also a peer mentor and literacy leader at her school, volunteers at a dementia clinic and helps to fund-raise for the Old Independent Church in Haverhill.



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