TEENAGE “inspiration” Ellie Atkinson is hoping to land a Best of Wearside title.
The 14-year-old from Sunderland is in the running for the Student of the Year crown after the way she impressed with her commitment, dedication and enthusiasm at Castle View Enterprise Academy, in Cartwright Road.
Her story is a tale of grit for a girl who has fought with a condition called IGE (immunoglobulin deficiency) since she was a toddler. It means she has a low immune system and can pick up bugs and infections really easily.
She was a regular visitor to hospital as a toddler and she was also forced to miss some of her schooling. But she has fought back to health and not needed a hospital stay for two years.
It had led to her being put forward for our awards.
The news that she had been nominated was greeted by proud mum Gayle Atkinson who said: “She is over the moon and we are really proud of her.”
Ellie is also on the Sunderland Youth Parliament panel and takes part in all school performances, as well as sitting an extra GCSE in Art & Design after school.
Once she finishes her education, she hopes to be either a doctor or psychiatrist and work with children.
The nomination from her school said: “She has a lovely, gentle nature and I believe she would excel in one of these roles.” It added: “I find everything about her to be admirable and believe her to be a true superstar, I would love to see her awarded as Student of the Year.”
Ellie was also praised for showing “a high level of maturity and strength of character at such a young age.”
Gayle, 37, works as a pharmacy dispenser while husband Mark Atkinson, 41, is a maintenance technician at Nissan. Ellie’s younger brother Ben, six, is a student at Castletown Primary School.
The awards, which are being held in association with Gentoo, will close to entries this Friday. They will culminate in a grand finale at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, November 19.
We want all your last-minute nominations. Enter yours here.