On Monday 20 June, interviews were held at the College for the Rotary Young Citizen Award 2016.  Three
Year 10 students from Frome College were selected for the final stage and the judges said they had another tough choice to make with such worthy candidates.  Staff and students were asked to produce statements for the judges to outline what they have been doing and working on in College and in the wider community. Their statements are as follows:
 
• May Schymczyk
May is a very active member of both the College and Frome society.  In recognition of her community
work, pitching, presenting and co-running a school funded community project ‘Oakfield makes a
Difference’ she received the Mayoral Civic Award.

May was also awarded a Blue Peter badge in recognition of her community work.  May has been part of the Frome Town Youth Council helping to make changes in the town for young people; and volunteers for Fairtrade Frome, promoting the message for responsible consumerism to Frome shoppers and their children.  Her involvement in the Frome Twinning Association involved organising a tour and activities around College campus for German, French and Polish students.  May has also volunteered to work in the Frome Children’s Festival this year, and attended a 7 hour First Aid course as part of her training.
 
Within the College, she has received the highest number of community points within the school achievement points system, and as a result was made Community Representative for her
House.  Since then she has organised several community events, including a charity cake sale which
raised over £60.00.  In recognition of her community work, May was awarded the Colleges' Mike
Myers Award.
 
May is also a founding member of the College community radio project, pitching the idea to the
Town Council in order receive funding to develop regular radio shows.  Since then she has recorded,
presented and broadcasted on Radio FromeFM and qualified to present under OFCom regulations.

During the 2015 general election May interviewed the parliamentary candidates for Somerton and Frome, which was subsequently broadcast on FromeFM.  Earlier this month, she was part of the 24 hour live take over charity broadcast at the station which raised £1,300 as well as raising the profile of young people in Frome.
 
As part of her passion for writing, May was invited to join the lottery funded history project ‘The Home of our Delight’ - a research project which has been commissioned to research WW1 in the village of Mells.  She also regularly writes articles for the local papers; has had a short story published in a young writer’s anthology; and was invited to make a presentation to former president of the Maldives, His Excellency Mohammed Nasheed on unjust democracy detailing how voting and participating in one’s own community is a basic human right. 

• Ben Green
Ben has been very pro-active in tackling the issue of cyber bullying. Working with UKYPAG (Youth
Parliament) he produced a campaign that was launched across Somerset to raise cyber awareness
amongst teenagers.  He then went on to join the team that created the ‘All Rise’ movement that
has produced a report on global cyber abuse; an online paper on sexual harassment; an interactive
website on the issues; as well as films on the subject.  To take the campaigns further, Ben has
applied to be on the Youth Board of ‘Online World’, which takes concerns to government bodies.

In addition to his work on cyber abuse, Ben swims competitively at County level, and competes in
interschool athletics across the area. He is also the writer and editor of the blog site ‘From our Egos’.

• Lily Breese
Lily is a diligent supporter of local charities.  In this academic year alone she has participated in a
car wash in aid of boxer Nick Blackwell’s recovery; organised a cake sale to fund a sporting
opportunity for a local teenager; run a charity 5k for Endometriosis UK; joined a Cycle 4
Charities event; and joined in the Frome Carnival.

Whilst undertaking all these challenges, Lily still finds time to fully contribute to school life.
She is an active player in all House competitions; takes part in school productions;
represented the school on a culture trip to Paris; and most recently gave a speech, in the
Merlin Theatre, on ‘Unjust Democracy’ in front of the former President of the Maldives, His Excellency Mohammed Nasheed and a full audience of local dignities and parents.  Lily’s determination to help others and play a full role in all aspects of her life makes her an ideal candidate for the award.

The judges from the Rotary Club congratulated all the nominees on their valued work and contributions to Frome and the surrounding community.  After great deliberation, they announced Lily Breese to be the winner. 

Our congratulations go to Lily and to all of the students who were nominated for their outstanding achievements. 

We hope they all continue with their good work and continue to inspire us all.  We wish them good luck for the future.

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