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School students in Sudbury and Clare win plaudits for 'raising the bar' at annual awards ceremony




Young people in the Sudbury area have been hailed by their schools for helping to inspire others through their work ethic, after gaining recognition at an annual awards ceremony.

Leo Moss-Eccardt, a pupil at Hillside Special School in Sudbury, and Stour Valley Community School students Brianna Digby and Anya Ilczenko each walked away with accolades from the 2019 Raising The Bar Awards, a celebration of education achievements in Suffolk, which was held last week.

All three youngsters were named as winners in the Inspirational Young Person of the Year category, which honours pupils who have had a positive effect on the social, moral, cultural and spiritual state of others.

Leo Moss-Eccardt, of Hillside Special School, was named a winner of the Inspirational Young Person of the Year award at the 2019 Raising The Bar Awards. Contributed picture. (13833716)
Leo Moss-Eccardt, of Hillside Special School, was named a winner of the Inspirational Young Person of the Year award at the 2019 Raising The Bar Awards. Contributed picture. (13833716)

Leo was recognised for independently helping his classmates at Hillside, a school that supports children with complex learning difficulties, as well as building his own confidence to be able to perform in class assemblies and school productions.

Headteacher Michelle Kelly told the Free Press: “Leo is an exceptional pupil at Hillside.

“Despite facing his own challenges, he always puts his peers first. He makes an effort to ensure all pupils in his class are included in everything that is happening.

“We are very proud of Leo and feel honoured to have such an incredible young man, setting an example for others amidst our community. People could learn a lot from Leo.”

Anya Ilczenko, of Stour Valley Community School, was named a winner of the Inspirational Young Person of the Year award at the 2019 Raising The Bar Awards. Contributed picture. (13833711)
Anya Ilczenko, of Stour Valley Community School, was named a winner of the Inspirational Young Person of the Year award at the 2019 Raising The Bar Awards. Contributed picture. (13833711)

At Stour Valley, Anya impressed her teachers for her determination, with strong results in art, French and psychology.

Meanwhile, Brianna earned plaudits for her progress in English, maths and applied science at post-GCSE level, in addition to being an ambassador for Prince William and Prince Harry’s Mental Health Trust, speaking at a seminar in London in front of 1,500 people.

A statement from Stour Valley Community School said: “Anya has demonstrated exceptional skills of determination in her GCSE subjects, works incredibly hard and always wants to better herself by taking on advice. She is diligent, humble, focused and self-motivated.

“Brianna is always on time, with a smile on her face and willing to do anything that is asked of her.

“She is a truly inspirational student who has aimed high and is achieving this and more.

“We are so proud of them both.”


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