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Star pupils pick up awards for helping others

Published on 02/12/14

TWO shining stars from Orchard School, Matt Speight and Skie-Louise Lyons, picked up awards at a recent 'Celebrating Young People' ceremony.  

TWO shining stars from Orchard School, Matt Speight and Skie-Louise Lyons, picked up awards at a recent 'Celebrating Young People' ceremony.  

The evening, hosted at Hilton Hotel Bristol, was put on by education provider and theatre group, Unique Voice, to recognise inspiring children and young people from across the city and to commend their achievements. 

Matt won the award for 'Digital Champion of the Year' for his contribution to a webite, which aims to tackle bullying online, and for developing his own anti-bullying phone app. 

Unique Voice said: "Matt is incredibly ambitious, developing his own [mobile phone] app to help stop bullying, actively participating in national company prototypes to help improve online services and to top it all off, contributing to a website to enhance online safety and tackle bullying within his own school.

"An extremely inspiring young man, whom we are sure will continue to strive for greatness."

Skie-Louise picked up the award for 'Educating Others' for her "dedication to helping other young people learn about right and wrong, whilst being a strong friend".

The event was the first of its kind - and with every seat taken by a mixture of teachers, friends, business owners, and the young people themselves, it proved to be a successful and heart-warming evening. 

Unique Voice, whose patron is Sir Patrick Stewart, was set-up over three years ago by Bath Spa graduates Krystal Keeley, Cat Sparkes and Claire Farnham. 
 
They work extensively across Bristol, including at Orchard School, using performances, classes and workshops to provide a platform for young people to explore their talents, skills, and fears. 
 
Unique Voice said: "We were truly overwhelmed by the support for the awards, and overjoyed with its residing success. 
 
"We hope that we can continue our work with young people for years to come, so to find out more about how you can help this to happen please feel free to contact us." 
 
Skie-Louise & Matt Speight with their awards