It had been an emotional night for South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes when he took the spotlight briefly to give the closing speech.
The school governor since the age of 18 with two children in local schools paid tribute to the work done to inspire students across the district.
He said: “What a superb opportunity to celebrate achievement, endeavour and success. The reason I’ve been passionate about education for so long is that it has the chance to change people’s lives and life choices. From the acorns we plant as educators in our fine schools, oak trees will grow.
“Some of you may become teachers, some of you may go into the nursing profession. Someone out there might even be a future MP for South Holland and the Deepings - but don’t think that is going to happen any time soon!”
Mr Hayes paid tribute to guest speaker Chantilly Milverton. He said: “The greatest thing of all is to know that the truest kind of fulfilment is what we do for others, not what we take for ourselves.”