A SIXTH former has made history by becoming the first student to be recognised twice for her outstanding contribution to her academy.
Olviya Silvary was shocked to be announced as the 2017/18 Outstanding Student of the Year at The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, an accolade she first received in 2014 when she was in Year 8.
The prize followed her success in the summer when the 16-year-old, who is deaf, led her record-breaking year group in the GCSE results, achieving eight coveted grade 9s and one grade 8.
Now studying for A Levels in maths, physics, English literature and German, Olviya epitomised all the qualities the academy aimed to instil in its students, said Vice Principal Simon Reader.
“She has character, determination, drive and humility. She is not only an excellent role model but also has high levels of respect among her peers. She is eternally optimistic and always has a huge smile on her face, but also has a steely determination to succeed and an endearingly personable nature that makes her a pleasure to be around,” he added.
Clutching her trophy alongside additional awards she won for Year 12 Academic Excellence and being the Academy’s Most Promising Student of Modern Foreign Languages, Olviya said: “It’s mad, really ridiculous! I’m proud but mostly feel overwhelmed.”
Olviya was one of a number of students recognised for their performance during the last academic year, including alumni who left in the summer after completing their A Levels, who were invited back for the event.
Awards were presented for academic achievement and endeavour, merits and house contributions, progress, performance in subject areas, sport and community.
Principal David Dawes said: “Our annual Prizegiving is something we approach with great care and the students receiving awards are a sample of our 1,200 students who do something wonderful each day.
“Our prize winners are exemplary students whose qualities so strongly match the characteristics we aim to show as an academy.”
The annual Rotary Club Work Experience Award was presented by Chris Gent of Rotary to Kia Fraser, for her work helping younger pupils at Hemlington Hall Academy.
The Chairman’s Award of Special Recognition went to the U13 girls’ football team who were formed last year and went to become district, Tees Valley and regional champions in the national Futsal Cup. In the finals, for which only eight teams out of 2,000 qualified, they came third in the country.
The Award for Courage named in memory of former King’s student Alix Ritchie went to Luke Higgins, whose medical condition meant he started at the academy late but has since worked hard to overcome his difficulties and is making good progress as a full-time student.
The audience of students, staff, governors, parents and guests heard a Bible reading by head girl Molly Thomson, watched a video retrospective of the year and were entertained with a performance by the academy choir.
The guest speaker, Dr Dan Martin, pastor of Tyneside Church Central, spoke about the power of the question ‘why?’
He told the students: “If you can answer the why question it will keep you moving forwards and hold you together in hard times. You can get through any circumstances provided you have a strong enough answer to the question why.
“With all the fantastic opportunities you have here to grow your character and stretch yourself, why is the language of motivation and resilience. It is the mighty question.”
The King’s Academy Prizewinners 2017/18
For Excellence: Charles Ayre, Sarah Parrish, Sasha Pickard, Amy Percival, Daisy Robson, Mary Rowney-Himsworth, Georgia Smith, Adelaide Atkinson, Francis Sayer, Jack Parkes, Amie Baker, Moftah Dhafr, George Knaggs, Hasna Javid, Olviya Silvary, Bailey Walters, Joseph Clark, Libby Hedger, Reece Hooker, Catherine Race, Jack Young.
For Endeavour: Rianna Atkinson, Jordanna Mason, Kristen Reader, Alyssa Gillings, Nathan Osborne, Billie-Jayne Smith, Samar Begum, Macy Chapman, Hollie Prest, Shannon Park, Ben Robinson.
Merit Champions: Gabriella Clark, Amy Percival, Megan Pemberton, Isabel Wilson.
Principal’s Award for Progress in Learning: Hasnat Abbas, Ben Robinson.
Most Promising Student Awards: Aisha Rasool (art and design), Eleanor Cook (business), Bailey Walters (computer programming), Alicia Glasgow (drama), Ewan Stokes (engineering), Abigail Foy (English), Emily Wardle (food technology), Abigail Pountain (geography), Jodie Profitt (child development), Erin Teasdale (history), Olviya Silvary (modern foreign languages), Francis Sayer (mathematics), Megan Wilson (music), Molly Thomson (politics), Megan Hanrahan (psychology), Amie Baker (RE), Ellie Marron (science), Alexandra Doyle (sociology), Jack Stott (sport), Tia Bradford (textile technology).
The Academy Drama Bowl: Ryan Clark.
Community Awards: Sophie Keeler, Jessica Hilton, Tia Wallace, Danica Wheater, Molly Thomson.
House Awards: Ethan Wadrop, Emily Hilton, Jessica Hilton, Lauren Wilson, Sarah Hawkins, Abbie Walker, Tori Shaw, Nicholas Sayer, Robyn Wadrop, Janet Kalambo, Abbie Toogood, Alexandra Waite, Daniel Hewitt, Kieran Walker, Lauren Taylor, Leon Wilson, Rebecca Wadrop, Rebecca Simpson, Mary Rowney-Himsworth, Emily Millward, Daniel Yellow, Thomas Hare, Lauren Bell, Eleanor Cook, Thomas Taylor, Ewan Stokes.
Sports Awards: Olivia Brynn, Brody Stanley, Daisy Robson, Aaron Harker, Emily Frewer, William Hemblade, Abigail Pountain, Ben Ludley.
Sportswoman of the Year: Francesca Ward.
Sportsman of the Year: Jacob Horton.
The Rotary Club Work Experience Award: Kia Fraser.
Chairman’s Award of Special Recognition: U13 Girls’ Football Team – Francesca Ward, Olivia Brynn, Gabriella Clark, Lucy Glover Horner, Hannah Horner, Emily Hilton, Sophie Kitching, Lily-May Readman, Billie-Jayne Smith.
The Alix Ritchie Award for Courage: Luke Higgins.
The Poetry Award: Ewan Stokes.
The Emmanuel Short Story Award: Hannah Lewis.
Outstanding Student of the Year: Olviya Silvary.
The House Cup: Greeks.