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Awards Celebrate Student Success

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School celebrated success with an awards evening for former and current students.  Three students received special recognition awards; twins Olivia and Megan Millen (19) received the Margaret Moore Memorial prize for musical commitment and Aiden Higgenbotham (19) was awarded the Catenian prize for outstanding commitment to school life.

Certificates were presented following an inspirational talk by special guest, Mr Phil Brown, a former Olympic athlete who won Silver in 1987 and is now Regional Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the Midlands.

The evening allowed students to be formally recognised for both academic and non-academic achievements, whilst receiving certificates for qualifications obtained last summer. 

The Catenian’s Award, donated by the Catenian Association, a body of professional Catholic people, was awarded to Aiden Higginbotham for his outstanding contribution to school life.  Aiden was described by his teachers as ’truly selfless’ always willing to volunteer to help others.  Demonstrating a fantastic attitude to learning but also to helping others, Aiden set up a group called ‘Upside Champions’ during his time as a Sixth Former, providing the more vulnerable younger students with mentoring support.

“Aiden’s love of learning, his unique look on life, his never complaining about having to catch a bus from Telford and never using it as an excuse for not stopping behind and helping out with after school events are just some of the many reasons why I am delighted to give Aiden the recognition he deserves. Well done Aiden,” commented Mrs Louise McKie, Senior Assistant Headteacher at Blessed William Howard.

A further award for Music, the Margaret Moore Memorial prize, was awarded to twins Megan and Olivia Millen.  Both girls joined the school orchestra when they started school in Y7 and as their musical talents developed they also joined in with the concert band, choir, jazz band and more.  They showed that hard work and dedication can pay off, and often helped to encourage new students who were struggling.  Described by the Head of Music as “the backbone of musical performances” the girls have never missed a concert or performance during their six years at school.

“This was a great event as it formally recognised the hard work and achievements of so many of our students.  I would like to congratulate them all and wish them the very best of luck for their future.   I would also like to thank our guest speaker, Mr Phil Brown, for providing such an inspirational talk, and for bringing in his Olympic medal, which was just as popular with the staff as with the students.” Commented Mr Phil Smith, Headteacher.