Young Achiever Year Award, spon­sored by Ser­pen­tine Green Shop­ping Cen­tre

WIN­NER: Char­lotte Grif­fin

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

CHAR­LOTTE (15) was nom­i­nated by Caz and Dar­ren Dolby and Kelly-ann Soper, di­rec­tors at Wild­cats Theatre School in Peter­bor­ough.

Char­lotte, who lives in Pas­ton Rid­ings, has been a mem­ber of the Wild­cats for more than two years.

She use to be shy and did not en­joy stand­ing out from the crowd, but over the past year she has de­vel­oped her skills, vol­un­teer­ing hun­dreds of hours at Wild­cat classes and help­ing chil­dren aged four and over to learn to sing and dance. Her big­gest achieve­ment is twice per­form­ing as part of the West End Wild­cats on a West End stage in front of 1,000 peo­ple.

Char­lotte said of her award: “I am very happy. My con­fi­dence has grown a lot and I have put a lot of hard work in to get where I am.

“My am­bi­tion is to dance and I want to thank Dar- ren, Caz and Kelly-ann for ev­ery­thing.” Run­ners up:

In­spi­ra­tional teenager Laura Di Ce­sare from Stan­ground, for her res­o­lu­tion to re­turn to ed­u­ca­tion af­ter en­dur­ing ma­jor surgery to cor­rect a curv­ing spine which threat­ened her life.

Fa­teema Ali Kazim, who is pre­par­ing for her GCSE stud­ies at St John Fisher Catholic High School. She has ex­celled in classes de­spite suf­fer­ing from ex­treme pho­to­pho­bia (a de­bil­i­tat­ing sen­si­tiv­ity to light) and barely know­ing a word of English three years ago.

WHAT AN ACHIEVE­MENT: Young Achiever Award win­ner Char­lotte Grif­fin with Antony Cot­ton and Chantelle Wat­son of Ser­pen­tine Green Shop­ping Cen­tre.

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