45 pupils from Manchester schools have scooped top educational awards in recognition of their remarkable achievements in school and in their local communities.
The pupils were invited to Manchester Town Hall to receive their awards at the Council's twelfth annual Educational Achievement Awards ceremony from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Naeem ul Hassan.
The awards recognise those pupils, nominated by their schools, who have demonstrated excellence in some aspect of their school or personal life during the last academic year.
Pupils who received awards this year include a 16 year old boy dancer, a 12 year old gifted mathematician, a 13 year old recycling champion, a future medic, a high performing Tae-kwondo expert who performed for the Queen when she was in Manchester, a 13 year old fundraiser who makes and sells chocolate mice for charity, and a 14 year old girl who her teacher thinks is the girl most likely to rule the world in the future.
16 year old high flyer Isaac Bowry from Newall Green High School, was nominated to receive an award for being the most talented dance student his teacher has ever seen. He has performed at the Royal Opera House, Royal Northern College of Music, and alongside dance companies including Rambert Dance Company. He is due to start full time ballet school in Argyll, Scotland this September.
13 year old fundraiser Georgia Harrison from The Barlow RC High School was nominated for taking fundraising to a whole new level with her chocolate mice that she makes and sells in and out of school for 50p each to raise money for charity.
Also at The Barlow RC High School is 14 year old Niamh Sharkey-Milum who her teacher thinks is the girl most likely to run the world in the near future. She is consistently top of the class, achieving grade A in her maths GCSE when she was in Year 8, and grade A in English in Year 9, whilst also enjoys taking part in after school activities including school drama performances.
Future medic, 14 year old Mina Akbar, from Whalley Range High School was another award winner. When she first arrived in this country two years ago, Google translate was the only way school were able to communicate with Mina who spoke Dutch and Farsi. Within a few months however her understanding and knowledge of English improved dramatically and she became the confident student she now is - eager to succeed and achieving at a very high standard.
11 year old Christopher Tu was nominated by his school the East Manchester Academy after he performed Tae-kwondo for the Queen at her Manchester Garden Party earlier this year. His school says he is an excellent ambassador for them, and is a gifted student who is a mature, responsible, kind and very able young man.
St Peter's RC High School nominated 13 year old Adam Casey to receive an award for his work as a recycling champion who is part of a gardening team who dig, plant seeds and grow flowers and vegetables to support the community cafe at Sacred Heart Church.
Gifted mathematician 12 year old Oliver Froggatt from the Manchester Communication Academy was another award winner. He recently won a Gold Award in the National Maths Challenge after achieving the best score in the whole of the academy - a huge achievement for someone of his age.
Councillor Afzal Khan, Executive Member, Children's Services, Manchester City Council said: "Each of the students who received an award is a credit to their school and to their community. The diversity of pupils' talents and achievements this year was remarkable. They deserve the utmost respect for their achievements and their families should be very proud of them.
"This is just the beginning, the seeds of success have been sown and I am sure they will all go far."