Last chance to nominate an outstanding young person
Today is the last chance to nominate deserving youngsters for the Leicester Mercury Young Achievers Awards 2012.
We have received more than 80 names put forward for the 10 categories since we launched the awards two months ago.
The awards, sponsored by Coventry University, recognise the dedication, hard work and passion of young people aged between 14 and 25.
To date, the nominations have included people such as 19-year-old Stuart Milodowski, from Loughborough, who fought to complete his A-levels while undergoing brain surgery.
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Another contender is Emily Steele, 18, of Wigston, who tragically lost both parents.
She went on to channel her energy into drama, and has been nominated in the arts achievement category.
Ian Dunn, pro vice-chancellor for student empowerment at Coventry University, said: "We are delighted to be supporting the Young Achievers Awards, and we're proud to be involved with an initiative which rewards the achievements of young people across the region.
"We aim to inspire and encourage our students to be creative and enterprising, and to develop the skills that today's employers are looking for.
"It's this same spirit of endeavour and entrepreneurship which is encapsulated in these awards."
The university is particularly keen for people to nominate youngsters in the undergraduate achievement category.
A spokesman said: "We've extended our support in particular to the category for undergraduate achievement, as we know how much it means to students in higher education to have their commitment and dedication to their studies recognised and rewarded.
"We hope the friends and families of local young achievers in all the categories will take this fantastic opportunity to nominate them for an award."
Shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend a presentation evening at the King Power Stadium on Thursday, December 6, when the winners will be announced.
The winner of each category will receive £250 and a trophy.
Despite the positive response from the public, two categories are still short of nominations.
Both the technology and apprenticeship achievement sections have not had the minimum number of nominations – three – so we are still looking to gather recommendations for the categories.
The deadline for these nominations has been extended to midnight on Wednesday, October 24.
Mercury editor Richard Bettsworth, said: "We have had some fantastic nominations which show the incredible achievements of young people throughout Leicestershire.
"It is a generation which is full of talent and energy and which is a positive force for the future of this country. Our Young Achiever Awards have clearly demonstrated this."