Five talented teenagers who were let down by a national awards body were picked up again by their own school.
The five friends, from Walton Girls’ High School, had put a lot of time and effort into writing essays to be entered into the Academy Excellence Awards 2013, each tackling a different topic.
So when they were told three days before the competition deadline that the awards were cancelled, they were disappointed that their dedication was all for nothing.
This was when the school’s gifted and talented co-ordinator Karen Marlor stepped in to make sure their efforts were not in vain.
She organised an awards evening at the school, with a tour of Nottingham University earlier on in the day. All five girls - Megan Bailey, 16, Sacha Williams, 17, Natasha East, 17, Megan Cox, 16, and Eloise Greenberry, 17 - were told to dress in their best to become the stars of the night.
Before the awards presentation, Eloise, whose essay subject was history, said: “It’s good for our achievements to be recognised because it could have just been an e-mail sent saying we didn’t get to go to the awards and it would all be over but the school is recognising our achievements and encouraging us.”
Mrs Marlor said after the awards presentation: “It was a wonderful evening, which everyone really enjoyed. I felt very proud of all the girls that participated: talented musicians, those that attended to represent their houses and, of course, the five students that wrote the essays.”
Another special guest at the presentation was Emma Egging, the widow of a Red Arrows pilot who died in a crash landing in 2011. She talked to the girls about the trust she has set up in his name, which encourages young people to be the best they can be.