Teenagers celebrated at awards and talent show
INSPIRATIONAL teenagers have been honoured at South Devon College.
A new awards and talent show was held for the first time this year to showcase all the good things young people are doing in the region.
The event was organised by Business Diploma students.
South Devon College Business student Zunair Ali said: "All our hard work in organising this special evening has been worthwhile and we have thoroughly enjoyed the process and learnt a lot about arranging events at the same time."
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Twenty five nominations were presented with Inspirational Teen awards.
All the nominees were invited on stage to receive a certificate from South Devon College principal Stephen Criddle.
The winners of the awards were:
Overcoming adversity — Jasmine Flay
Community contribution — Amy Collette
Sporting achievement — South Devon College Basketball Academy
Academic achievement — James Noble
Creative arts — Daniel Mawhinney
The overall award for most Inspirational Teen was awarded to Jasmine Flay, who has achieved a range of qualifications at the college despite suffering from a debilitating illness.
She has had numerous operations and has to travel regularly to the USA for specialist treatment.
The judging panel consisted of Emily Antrobus from International Dance Supplies, Mathew Jarratt from Lifestyle Hospitality Group, JonPaul Hedge from the Herald Express and local musician Anthony Chapman.
They also had the difficult task of selecting the winning acts from the talent show and a winner for each of the Inspirational Teens awards categories.
Judge Mathew Jarratt said: "I was excited to be a part of the Inspirational Awards at South Devon College and was very happy to assist in the judging, what was unexpected was just how inspirational these young people would be.
"That they were able to maintain their studies against adversity was in itself an achievement, but for these young people to achieve so much more shows real character and determination.
"The judging was very tough as the young people nominated were all worthy winners. Massive congratulations to all the nominees, talent show finalists and event organisers."
The winners of the talent show were singing and keyboard duo Cydney Brown and Dan Stokes with pianist Tom Bartlett in second place.