The toughest category of all to judge produced a very special winner in Bourne Academy A-level student Kim Owen.
Emerging out of an astonishingly high calibre of nominees, Kim’s achievement of combining her studies with volunteering at a Peterborough hospice, paid employment at a department store and work at a children’s club in her area left award judges full of admiration.
But the choice of Kim as Student of the Year 2015 only came after consideration of the strong claims made by fellow nominees Amelia Knight of Sir John Gleed School, Spalding, Rebecca Smith of The Willoughby School, Bourne and Rebecca Warren, formerly of Spalding High School.
Kim said: “It’s quite stressful to manage what I do but the teachers and support staff at Bourne Academy give me so much support.
“I work very hard to get work on all my subjects done, so I’ll keep trying to do that and hope for the best.”
A judges’ statement said: “Out of the 12 categories, this was far and away the hardest one to decide on a winner.
“But perhaps winning is the wrong word to describe the exceptional quality of the nominees which made this category the most democratically-decided of all.
“So much so that the judges felt it only fair and right to select a finalist from almost every school that nominated a student.
“An exception was made by recommending three finalists, but the award went to Kim because of her identification with each of the award criteria, including academic excellence and a heart for other people.”
The award was sponsored by Boston College and presented by employment engagement manager George Bell who said: “It’s a huge privilege to celebrate our students and their achievements.”
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