Out of the 12 categories judged for the second Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, the Student of the Year proved the most competitive.
Impressive exam results and charitable work were set against involvement in after-school activities and “role model” behaviour for other students.
But Kimberley Owen’s commitment to volunteering at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, working with children at Bourne Kids Club and caring for family members with long-term illnesses, all while doing her A-levels at Bourne Academy, saw her named Student of the Year 2015.
Kimberley (18), of Pinchbeck, said: “I was so surprised to have been nominated by the staff at Bourne Academy and even more amazed to have been presented with such an award.
“Being credited with this made me realise that anything is possible with dedication and determination.
“This recognition gave me self-belief to remain focused on my studies and it has all come to fruition now as I have achieved my first-choice university place to study Mental Health Nursing.
“The beginning of a new chapter dawns.”
The award is sponsored by South Holland District Council whose deputy leader Coun Malcolm Chandler said: “We are delighted and proud to be sponsoring the Student of the Year Award category at this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.
“Our Economic Development team is actively working to forge close relationships between schools and local businesses, with the aim of helping students to understand the career opportunities that are available within the South Holland economy.
“We are also working to raise awareness of the skills that are going to be needed to enable them to realise successful careers.
The achievements of students may sometimes go unrecognised outside of their schools which is why these awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the work of students from across the districtCoun Malcolm Chandler, deputy leader of South Holland District Council
“The achievements of students may sometimes go unrecognised outside of their schools which is why these awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate their work from across the district.
“Everyone at South Holland District Council would like to wish students nominated for awards the very best of luck.”
HOW TO NOMINATE To nominate a school for an award, request a nomination form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01775 765400 and she will send one out to you. Please state which category/categories you wish to nominate in