FROM top learners to life savers, pupils were honoured for their dedication at an awards ceremony.
Seaham School of Technology gave 110 awards, and welcomed back students who have just completed their studies.
Among the award winners was Rachel Thomas, who was diagnosed with Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome and needed surgery to repair a hole in her heart just as she started to prepare for her GCSEs.
She achieved a string of good results and also gained the school’s admiration after returning during her own time to help year 6 pupils preparing to start in the new academic year.
Rachel won its headteacher award for her contribution to the school, as well as her exam results.
Other winners included Jordan McGhinn, who saved a fellow student from drowning in the sea off Seaham Beach; maths whizz Jonathan Taylor; Adam Dean, for his work on engineering and technology projects; and Shauni Leigh Greenwood, who has thrived in her first year at the school.
Adam Dodds and Chloe Magee were presented with their excellent Key Stage Three results for their progress in their subjects.
Assistant headteacher Lynn Whitehead said: “We’re so proud of the kids this year, and I think this evening was our best yet.
“There are students who have really turned their lives around.”
The event also welcomed Echo deputy editor Richard Ord, who followed in the footsteps of actress Jill Halfpenny and BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown to appear as guest speaker.
Areas highlighted at the event, held at the Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre at Sunderland University, included improvements in behaviour, success and effort on projects, progress in class and a section which recognised carers, with many sponsored by businesses and individuals.
Sixteen students have also been nominated for the Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Award.
The school has thanked staff and businesses who helped put on the presentation, which was led by head boy Alex Falconer and head girl Beth Humphrey and their deputies Stuart Musgrove, Abbi Dodds, Jack Patton and Jennifer Yandell.