Secondary school students who go beyond the norm to help others were recognised and rewarded for their efforts at the annual Rotary Club of Haverhill and District’s Young Citizen Awards, formerly called the Book Awards.
The awards were presented to students from Castle Manor and Samuel Ward acadamies and Stour Valley Community School by Haverhill mayor, Cllr Betty McLatchy, at Haverhill Golf Club on Monday (14).
Samuel Ward teacher, Tarah Bennett, nominated Clare Cruz and Andrew Quarrell to receive the awards.
She described Clare as an ‘excellent role model’ who performs the role of school ambassador and mentor, among other things, while Andrew was praised for helping out as an ambassador, with tours of the school, sports events and music.
For Stour Valley, Karen Simmons chose Clarissa Seeley because of her selfless efforts put into helping younger students and her involvement with Clare’s 2015 Magna Carta celebrations.
The three recipients of the award at Castle Manor were Lauren Hemmings, whom teacher Ann Grimstone applauded for her ‘selfless’ fund-raising for the Little Princess Trust, while teacher Vicky Horne praised Carly Turner for her volunteering with the Haverhill Beavers and Bradley Call for his work in helping the homeless, specifically by working with Action Suffolk in collecting shoeboxes filled with useful items.
Rotarian Tony Bayley succinctly summed up the students qualities by saying: “Service Before Self is the motto of the Rotary International and I think the candidates we have here tonight exemplify that.
Mr Bayley also added that the Haverhill Rotary Club is looking for more members to join.