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Two Kings Students Awarded Inaugural Axbridge Civic Youth Award

2nd March, 2018 by Jamie Harris, The Kings and Queens News Team

Last Sunday (25 February 2018), the Axbridge community, Mayor and Town Council, along with dignitaries from Somerset met at St John the Baptist Church in the centre of the town on a beautifully clear sky day to celebrate the achievements of Year 12 students Jamie Harris and Katherine Sousa.

Rector of Axbridge, Tim Hawkins led the service, themed appropriately around the sea, in recognising Katherine’s achievements with the Sea Cadets and Jamie’s international sailing success. The awards were presented by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Brigadier Tom Lang, who also had a connection with the sea with his background in the Royal Marines.

The Town Council’s new policy of celebrating youth achievements within these awards was exemplified by the wonderful inclusion of the Cheddar Valley Voices and Brass Ensemble by the Cheddar Valley Brass Club, including many musically talented Kings’ students; and a beautiful violin solo performed by Abigail Campbell.

On receiving their awards both Katherine and Jamie made speeches thanking all those who had helped and supported them in their endeavours, especially from the Town of Axbridge.

Tea and delicious cakes were provided in the Town Hall and served by the Girl Guides.

On behalf of them both, Katherine said:

“I am extremely honoured and proud to receive this award and stunned that my and Jamie’s names will be written in the Town Hall.”

Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball said:

“Congratulations to Katherine and Jamie to receive the new Young Person’s Awards. These are important moments in life and are to be celebrated and remembered in recognition of their dedication to their chosen endeavours. With our island nation, I also believe there is something wonderful that they are both so connected to the sea.”