Millennium Volunteer Awards for Academy pupils

Mervyn Storey, MLA, (third from left) who presented  Ballymena Academy students with their Millennium Volunteers Awards at a special ceremony in the school. Included is principal, Stephen Black. Jane Gribben ('Volunteer Now) and Chair of the School's  Board of Governors, J. McKervill. (Submitted Picture).
Mervyn Storey, MLA, (third from left) who presented Ballymena Academy students with their Millennium Volunteers Awards at a special ceremony in the school. Included is principal, Stephen Black. Jane Gribben ('Volunteer Now) and Chair of the School's Board of Governors, J. McKervill. (Submitted Picture).

Forty-five Ballymena Academy sixth form students have been recognised for their substantial volunteering efforts.

They were presented with ‘Millennium Volunteers Awards’ by Mervyn Storey, MLA, at a recent ceremony in the school.

Students of Ballymena Academy who won Millennium Volunteer Bronze Awards Bronze Award (50hrs) - Azur Allison, Luke Calderwood, Kerri Cunningham, Joel Gocher , Rachel Graham, Ben Kennedy, Scott Keys, Vicki Loughran, Becky Marcus, Lois McCurdy, Ben McKendry, Victoria McLean, David McNeill, Hannah Murphy and Katie Robinson. (Submitted Picture).

Students of Ballymena Academy who won Millennium Volunteer Bronze Awards Bronze Award (50hrs) - Azur Allison, Luke Calderwood, Kerri Cunningham, Joel Gocher , Rachel Graham, Ben Kennedy, Scott Keys, Vicki Loughran, Becky Marcus, Lois McCurdy, Ben McKendry, Victoria McLean, David McNeill, Hannah Murphy and Katie Robinson. (Submitted Picture).

Of the 45 award recipients, 24 students achieved their Silver 100 hours award, 15 pupils gained the Bronze 50 hours award and six attained the Schools’ award for 35+ hours volunteering completed.

Mr Storey congratulated the students on their participation and encouraged them to make volunteering a lifelong commitment. Jane Gribben from ‘Volunteer Now’ spoke of the great benefits young people gain from volunteering and how the local community is enriched by it and she commended the pupils on their substantial effort in volunteering.

This year Ballymena Academy pupils have been encouraged to play a greater part in their community by volunteering in the school, locally and further afield.

All sixth form students were given opportunities to reach out and through this they have gained useful skills, developed new friendships and made a positive impact on those around them.

Ballymena Academy students who won Millennium Volunteer Silver Awards  (100hrs) - Lucy Bill, Sasha Bill, Catherine Buick, Lauren Cull, Tori Coulter, Danielle Fenton, Julie Kernohan, Irene Leung, Jamie-Lee Mark, Erin McClinton, Hannah McLeister, Kathryn Orr, Rachel Reid, Emily Shaw, Lyndsey Simpson, Emma Smyth, David Stevenson, Jordan Todd, Megan Turtle, Emma-Lee Wray, Rachel Graham, Rebecca Gray, Michael Knowles and Jordan Leinster. (Submitted Picture).

Ballymena Academy students who won Millennium Volunteer Silver Awards (100hrs) - Lucy Bill, Sasha Bill, Catherine Buick, Lauren Cull, Tori Coulter, Danielle Fenton, Julie Kernohan, Irene Leung, Jamie-Lee Mark, Erin McClinton, Hannah McLeister, Kathryn Orr, Rachel Reid, Emily Shaw, Lyndsey Simpson, Emma Smyth, David Stevenson, Jordan Todd, Megan Turtle, Emma-Lee Wray, Rachel Graham, Rebecca Gray, Michael Knowles and Jordan Leinster. (Submitted Picture).

Ballymena Academy is a #iwill school and Year 13 pupil Blaze Lambert was one of 50 students in the UK selected as an #iwill ambassador and as part of her role she has actively sought to promote volunteering amongst her peers this year.

In school, Year 14 pupils have been involved in roles as prefects, peer mentors and learning mentors. and Year 13 pupils have also served on the school’s Charity Committee, Cancer Research Committee, and in both the Junior and Senior Christian Union groups.

A number of pupils have also volunteered overseas with Ballymena Academy’s Asha Team which went to Delhi in October 2015 and locally based Exodus teams that travelled to Romania and Hungary last summer.

Also, a wide variety of local organisations have seen the participation of Ballymena Academy students in their programmes and fundraising events including Scripture Union Northern Ireland, Valdez Gymnastics, Coaching 4 Christ, Inter Ethnic Forum language classes, Women’s Aid, Spark, Oxfam, Vision of Good Hope Moldova, Sensory Kids, Cancer Research, St. John Ambulance, Age NI, Army Cadets, Macmillan, Bocca Special Olympics Club, Dogs’ Trust, Women’s Aid, National Citizen Service, Mid Antrim Pony Club, Raise the Roof Choir and the Hope Centre.

Ballymena Academy students who won Millennium Volunteer Gold Awards (200hours) - Rebecca Allen, Blaze Lambert, Jordan Law and Rebecca Russell. (Submitted Picture).

Ballymena Academy students who won Millennium Volunteer Gold Awards (200hours) - Rebecca Allen, Blaze Lambert, Jordan Law and Rebecca Russell. (Submitted Picture).