Youngsters were recognised at The Star’s annual Superkids ceremony, hosted by editor Nancy Fielder at the Crucible Theatre.
Some of Sheffield’s most deserving and selfless young people were placed in the spotlight to receive awards celebrating their special qualities and the examples they set to others.
Fearless Bravery Award Winner – Charlie Leeks
There were 12 finalists for the award for Fearless Bravery, a category full of remarkable children who all received certificates. But the outright winner this year was Charlie Leeks, who donated funds raised for him, to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, to be spent on new toys for the wards. Charlie is also known for his humour; he told school friends that scars he has were from an encounter with a shark.
Invincible Carer Award Winner – Macy Stocks
Deserving Macy Stocks was handed the award for Invincible Carer, with runners-up Reece Jarman and Thomas Atkin. Brave and supportive from a young age, Macy helped out with family issues and was separated from her mum and sister for 19 months while her sister was in hospital.
Dynamic Fundraiser Award Winner – Ellie Thompson
Ellie received the Dynamic Fundraiser award. Ellie Thompson lost her own long blonde hair due to side effects of medical treatment, and when it grew back, she chose to have 10 inches cut off to donate it to The Little Princess Trust. She raised £1,522 by various efforts for the Trust.
Extraordinary Inspirer Award Winner – McKenzie Doman
There were three finalists for the Extraordinary Inspirer award, but McKenzie Doman clinched the title. McKenzie suffers with a silent stammer. To support others, she conducted research about speech impediments to give to peers and other students. Despite her stammer, she has joined in many school performances.
Super Sports Star Award Winner – Josh Thompson
Sheffield Sharks Mike Tuck and Marko Backovic presented the Super Sports Star award to Josh Thompson. Josh overcame illness challenges himself and within his family, and continued to give his all in sport.
Enterprising Star Award Winner – Osama Elamami
The Enterprising Star winner at the awards was revealed as Osama Elamami, who created his own enterprise, with friends, to raise cash for less fortunate people. He organised a cake-tasting competition and spoke out in assemblies.
Math Marvel Award Winner – Joshua Saunders
There were two finalists for the Math Marvel award, but Joshua Saunders stood out for his drive to understand mathematics and help others with challenging concepts. Joshua Saunders was runner-up.
Technology Wiz Award Winner – Sam Lyall
Sam Lyall lifted the Technology Wiz award with Molly Sweeney as runner-up. Sam excels in his use of programming, and works independently but often helps others with programme testing.
Wonder Writer Award Winner – Paddy Newton
This year’s Wonder Writer was announced as Paddy Newton, who began writing for a BBC Radio 2 competition, naming characters in memory of his family, and including hand-drawn illustrations and maps.
Mighty Performer Award Winner – Pace Omougui
Connor Baldwin was runner-up. ‘Mighty Performer’ Peace Omoigui sings the blues to boost confidence and is loved for her “passion and heart”.
The 2017 Super School Winner was Abbey School
Abbeys School’s leader, Luci Windle, ‘inspired, empowered and motivated both school and community to aspire, and do better’, and the school has now successfully rebuilt its reputation.