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Courage Awards

Inspirational children and young people who have overcome adversity were honoured at Mansfield Rotary Club’s annual Courage Awards.

Now in its 29th year, the event was hosted at Portland College, Mansfield, in front of the young people’s families and teachers. The recipients of the awards had been nominated by their school or college for “exemplifying moral and spiritual courage in the face of personal adversity and difficulty.”

The nominee for this award from Meden School went to Sophie Owen, a Year 13 student tragically lost her dad last year, very suddenly and unexpectedly, and since this trauma she has suffered from PTSD. Despite facing ongoing challenges, Sophie, who also loves to ride horses, has had a positive attitude towards her learning and she remains focused on her studies.

Sophie, who hopes to go to university in September 2020 was accompanied by one of her teachers, Miss Kinney who nominated her for the award. “Sophie is the kindest student who we have ever had the pleasure of teaching at Meden School. She is very hard working and determined to succeed. “She has been very resilient and still gives 100 per cent to her A-Level studies. We know that she will go on to do great things.”

Well done Sophie! We are very proud of you and all you have achieved!

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