Earls students, both past and present, were well represented in this year’s Dudley Youth Awards. The awards honour the endeavours of young people within the borough, who have set an example to us all by their selflessness, duty, determination or courage. Awards are presented in categories including Inspiring Others, Overcoming Adversity, Creative Arts, Sport and Community, Charity and Voluntary Groups. Awards were presented by, among others, borough officers, local artists and local politicians, while performances included those given by poet Matt Windle and singer Hollie Aston-Baugh.
The most striking and humbling moments of the evening came in the form of a speech given by the remarkable Ahmad Nawaz, who, despite being shot, survived a massacre at his school in Pakistan in 2016, and who now works as an education and peace activist.
Awards were won by Earls students James Bartlett (Inspiring Others) and Student Friends of The Earls (Community, Charity and Voluntary Groups), with Kieran Graham, who left The Earls in July last year, also being nominated for the Environment award.