Youth awards standard high

PUBLISHED: 11:37 16 November 2006 | UPDATED: 14:54 12 May 2010

Yvette Jones

Yvette Jones

A CONTEST aimed at improving the image of young people has increased its number of finalists because the standard of entries was so high. The St John Spencer Young People of the Year 2006 (YOPEY) awards will see young people aged 10-25 compete for the awa

A CONTEST aimed at improving the image of young people has increased its number of finalists because the standard of entries was so high.

The St John Spencer Young People of the Year 2006 (YOPEY) awards will see young people aged 10-25 compete for the award at next Friday's awards ceremony at The Spirella Ballroom in Letchworth.

Organiser Tony Gearing, said: "We had planned to have 10 finalists, but the quality of the entries has been so good we have increased the number of finalists to 12.

"These represent the good work of 39 young people as some are group entries."

The finalists include Yvette Jones, 19, who saved Royston's St John Ambulance Cadets from closing, Sophie Lane, 14, who is a second mum to her younger sister when her mother, who has Crohn's disease, is ill and 10 young members of Royston Time Bank.

Mr Gearing described the finalists as "an excellent cross-section of young people making positive contributions to our community today".

Those judging the contest include the Mayor of Royston, Councillor Lynn Berry and Chief Supt Gary Kitching, of Herts police.

The winning entrants will win prizes ranging from £125-£1000.

n For more information visit www.yopey.org

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