Your article: Award puts Katrina in national spotlight

George Heywood, Katrina Summerton and George Jibson.
George Heywood, Katrina Summerton and George Jibson.

Pocklington student Katrina Summerton has been highly commended in the Science and Engineering category of the 2015 Student of the Year Awards, a national competition to recognise talent, reward hard work and celebrate success.

She was shortlisted in the awards alongside fellow Pocklington School pupils George Heywood, who appeared in the Humanities category, and George Jibson (Leadership).

All three pupils attended the inaugural annual awards ceremony on 25th September in London, hosted by the BBC’s John Humphrys.

They were among 51 pupils aged 16 and 17 drawn from applications received from across the UK, a considerable achievement in itself.

Entrants had to exhibit exceptional work ethic, initiative, dedication, ambition and clear commitment to giving back to their school or college and to their wider community. I

n short, students had to prove they could serve as role models for their younger counterparts.

The awards programme is backed by the Government and the business community and worked with every secondary school and further education college in the country to find the shortlisted students.

A judging panel is made up of business leaders, government ministers, entrepreneurs and leading educationalists sifted through the entries to find young people whose ability and community spirit stood out.

Headmaster Mark Ronan said: “We are extremely proud that three of our pupils have been recognised in the Student of the Year Awards.

“It is a reflection of our school ethos of encouraging students to not only stretch themselves academically, but also to become pro-active independent thinkers who can make a real contribution to society.

“Well done to them all, and especially to Katrina for achieving a Highly Commended.”