Inspirational students across Islington recognised

Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes - Credit: Archant

Model students across Islington were recognised for achievements big and small at an annual awards ceremony.

Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes - Credit: Archant

A total of 88 pupils from secondary schools across the borough picked up medals, certificates and cheques for £200 to spend on school projects at the Jack Petchey Foundation (JPF) Achievement Awards.

Peers and elders nominated youngsters aged 11 to 25 for a variety of achievements – including those of multi-talented Jack Hughes a pupil at Islington Arts and Media School in Turle Road, Finsbury Park.

Not only did the 13-year-old win a silver medal in the London Youth Games, he regularly performs with Islington Youth Theatre, has showcased his musical talent in the school’s battle of the band competition and has won a place with the local cricket club.

JPF coordinator Dan Smith said: “Jack is a force of nature and a consummate all-rounder. Jack is without doubt one of IAMS’ high achievers.”

Jack has put aside his £200 winnings so that he can decide what to spend the money on with his year group.

Another winner, Diamond Kasai, 15, was described as an “ambassador” for her school –Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Donegal Street, Islington. Despite starting out happy to take a back seat in school life, she now plays football for the school, is being mentored by a leading provider in banking and financial advice, and has made a presentation to the governing body of the school.

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The grant money she won was used for a Spanish educational trip for 38 pupils in Year 7-10 – allowing for one free place and the overall cost for disadvantaged pupils to be reduced.

VIPs attending the event on January 15 included Borough Commander Det Ch Supt Gerry Campbell who said “Once again I am exceptionally proud of the achievements of Islington young people.”

Founder, Jack Petchey CBE, aged 89, said “I am passionate about our awards scheme which enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”

Now celebrating its 15th year, the JPF was established in 1999 to celebrate the achievements of young people. It has donated £1.3 million to youth organisations in Islington since funding started in 2008.

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