TWO students were celebrating after being awarded a prestigious award that pays homage to a saint renowned for his learning.
Northallerton School and Sixth Form College students Abbie Grainge and Jake Piper secured the Cuthbert Cross, an annual award for ‘loyal, chivalrous and honourable’ behaviour that enhances the character and reputation of their school.
For Abbie, of West Rounton, the accolade was the culmination of school days that saw her elected chairperson of the student council, which raised thousand of pounds for charity.
The 17-year-old also co-hosted awards night, tutored students in maths and reading, helped at open evenings, spoke of college life to students from other schools, invited the MP to talk to students, led a team to the runner’s up position in a regional business competition and gave district councillors an insight of young people’s views of politics.
She also helped on ski trips, played clarinet and saxophone in school and community concerts and at a regional competition, hosted students from Holland and took part in a trans-Atlantic video conference on American politics.
“I feel really happy and very proud to receive this award,” said Abbie, who has secured an offer from Leeds University to read economics and management.
Jake, 18, of Northallerton, was rewarded for his efforts, which included being principal percussionist in the concert and jazz bands and jazz group, including concerts and productions in school and in the community, being a school ambassador and key member of the Johnson Group discussions and debates.
“I have really enjoyed my time here and it is great to receive such recognition,” said Jake, who plans to read English language and linguistics at York St John University.
Associate Principal Chris Byrne told a special assembly: “This is an historic award associated with Durham Cathedral and Saint Cuthbert and it impresses and amazes me how these young people have taken every opportunity and more.”
Chair of governors Rob Barker added: “They have had a tremendous impact on the life of Northallerton School and Sixth Form College.”