CHESTER celebrated the good deeds of its young people in a pioneering awards scheme. ALLISON DICKINSON reports.
A CHESTER teenager has been named the city’s first Young Citizen of the Year.
Adam Galloway, 15, was presented with his award at a special ceremony held at Hoole Hall Hotel.
The Queen’s Park High School pupil beat off competition from other public spirited youngsters to claim the Chester Business Club sponsored title.
The awards scheme is designed to spotlight the achievements of young people in their schools and in the community.
The nominated groups aged under 11 and 12-16 had:
Helped elderly people
Helped their parents
Been courteous and polite to people
Worked in the community
Acted as mentors and role models in their peer groups.
PC Liz Stanton, who co-ordinated the event, said: “Adam spent his Year 10 work placement with the Community Safety Wardens and rejoined the team during the school summer holidays.
“To do this in any area is impressive, but to patrol in areas where your peers live is truly remarkable and there is no doubt that Adam has had an effect and has set an example of how young people should behave.”
John Hickey, Community Safety Warden for Lache Park added: “Adam is an ambassador for Queens Park High, his family and his community.
“Not only did he spend time with the wardens, he recently researched and wrote an article on how residents in the area can play their part in recycling.”
The Chester District Young Citizen programme, supported by Chester City Council and Crimebeat (the charity of the High Sheriff of Cheshire), saw local retailers, businesses, police, and community workers nominate young people who demonstrated remarkable community spirit.
Schools were also invited to take part in the programme, with headteachers asked to nominate two or three pupils who demonstrated outstanding good citizenship.
PC Stanton added: “I’d like to thank Chester Business Club, Crimebeat and Chester City Council for their support of this year’s event.
“Too often we hear about problems in our communities which are attributed to youngsters, but this award scheme has proven that the majority of children are well behaved and surprisingly public spirited and I congratulate everyone who was nominated.”
1 Holly Franklsline, 10, Lache CP School
2 Billy Dutton, 8, Lache CP School
3 Alias Buchanan, 9, JH Goodwin CP School.
1 Callum Spencer, 11, Queen’s Park High School
2 Stuart Royl, 15, Upton High School
3 Rosie Waters, 12, Upton High School
Most Nominations Boys Under 11s
Jordon Sheehan, 11, Newton CP School
Most Nominations Girls Under 11s
Jaynie McGuire, 8, St Claire’s Primary School
Most Nominations Boys Over 11s
Declan McHugh, 13, Queen’s Park High School
Most Nominations Girls Over 11s
Kirsty McGovern, 13, Queen’s Park High School
Most Nominations for Schools Under 11s
Newton CP School
Most Nominations for Schools Over 11s
Queen’s Park High School
Young Citizen of the Year 2008
Adam Galloway, 15, Queen’s Park High School