Jodie scoops four awards at big night
STAR pupils shone inside Grimsby Town Hall as they stepped forward to accept well-deserved awards.
Students from John Whitgift Academy were joined by their family and staff at this year's Inaugural Annual Awards Ceremony.
The night aimed to recognise the pupils' hard work and dedication and saw numerous medals and plaques handed out.
With accolades for achievements in sports, to 100 per cent attendance and the principal's award, many students were left beaming with joy.
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And none more so than 15-year-old Jodie Hogarth, who managed to scoop four awards from the event.
The Year 11 pupil was given a 100 per cent attendance medal, the subject award in English and German and the prestigious Principal's Award for Exceptional Talent.
Jodie said: "The shield is for my karate skills. I am going to Las Vegas next year to represent Great Britain in a worldwide competition.
"I am shocked to have been given so many high accolades within the academy.
"I do enjoy school. My favourite subject has to be English. Hopefully next year I will move on to Franklin College."
Jodie's dad Gary believes a ceremony encourages pupils to do well.
He said: "It gives children something to strive for and I think it is great that the school does this."
Presenting children with their awards was special guest Mark Webb, the managing director of e-Factor.
Picking up the best overall academic performance award was Zoe Harrington, who has just started her first year at Franklin College.
The 16-year-old said she never thought she would receive such a high honour, adding: "I also got the award for excellence in humanities.
"I loved my school years. The teachers made lessons interesting and supported you throughout."
However, not everyone has had an easy time.
Liam Farrow, 13, openly admitted he did not enjoy school a few years ago but has taken a big leap since and at the ceremony received the award for determination and perseverance.
He said: "I realised I needed to work hard in order to achieve anything."
Principal Mark Rushby said: "We believe every child deserves a decent education. We will do what it takes to ensure that every student achieves the best outcomes possible in the examinations and is prepared for the next stage of their lives."