Academy students scoop Diana Awards

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THREE students from Milton Keynes Academy have done the prestigious Diana Award.

Giovanna Laryea, Damon Bateman and Stephanie Rodford were publicly honoured with the prize at a ceremony last month at Barclays Corporate HQ in London.

The Diana Award was established in 1999 as a lasting legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world.

Stephanie received the Diana Anti-Bullying Champion Award for her leading role with the Anti-Bullying Focus group, raising awareness of the issues of bullying, supporting younger students and encouraging her peers to get involved with various initiatives in The Academy to promote friendship and caring for each other.

Giovanna and Damon received the Diana Champion Volunteer Award for their hard work and commitment in supporting younger students, giving their time freely to improve the lives of others in The Academy and their local communities.

Maggie Turner OBE and Chief Executive of the Diana Award said: “These highly prestigious awards give young people, of all abilities, circumstances and cultures, recognition at a time when their future is still ahead of them, enabling them to make a real positive difference to their communities.

“With a growing network of 36,000 Award Holders, we are building a force of young people who are committed to take social action and improve our communities.”