Corageous student is presented with award

Corageous student is presented with award

12th December 2019


AN inspirational student has been recognised for his resilience after a two-year battle with leukaemia.

Dylan Westgarth was awarded the coveted Tom Brown Award for embodying the ethos of St Michael’s Catholic Academy in Billingham.

Two years ago the teenager was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukaemia for which he is still undergoing chemotherapy.

Despite missing a year of school he managed to gain six GCSEs and a Btec and is now studying a public services qualification at Bede 6th Form College with the aim of training to be a police dog handler.

The Tom Brown Award, named in honour of former pupil Tom Brown, 16, who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident in April 2013, is presented every year recognising courage over adversity. Tom’s parents Jaz and Chris attended the ceremony. Jaz said: “This could not have gone to a more worthy recipient and I am sure Tom is looking after Dylan.”

Dylan, a scout leader and police cadet, added: “I was so surprised; I had no idea I was going to get this award but it feels really good.”

“I have always wanted to join the police and am due to ring the bell – marking the end of my treatment – at about the same time as I am due to complete my public services course.”

The award was one of a host of accolades presented to the leavers of 2019 in a ceremony co-ordinated by Assistant Principal Claire Carey and hosted by Assistant Principal Marc Scott and Pastoral Learning Manager of Year 11 Andrew Briggs.

Chief executive officer of Carmel Education Trust Maura Regan and St Michael’s Chair of Governors Mary Toth presented each graduating student with a Destiny Star, as well as subject and special awards.

The Good Shepherd Award, recognising personal achievement, went to Brooke Godfrey, while the Archangel Award, for embodying the Academy’s vision, was presented to Sarah Keay and the most prestigious award of the evening the St Michael’s Award for going above and beyond the Academy’s core values, went to Head Boy Gareth Drysdale.

Ms Regan told staff, students, families and friends: “Young people are a powerful force to change the world. We are proud of what our young people have achieved and I hope you are too because this is a moment to be proud of.

“Moving forward, dare to be the best you can be and if you make great lives for yourselves then we will have done a good job as teachers and you will have done a fantastic job as parents.”



Special Awards

Edna Early Award for Worship: Louis Harper

Trevor Gaynor Award: Jordan Casey

Martin Wing Award for Music: Rhys Donnelly

Johnson Matthey Award for Chemistry: Gareth Drysdale

Lew Milburn Award: Jayne Donohoe

Maureen Jamieson Award: Aimee Pitelen

SRC Bede College Award: Megan Sharkey

Stockton Sixth Form Award: Max Devlin

SVP Award: Jude Blackmore

Peter Robinson Award: Elin Gittus

Alan Parker Award: Harry Gunston

David Armstrong Award for Contribution to School Life: Aaron Cardoza

Mandy Bell Award: Sinead Gatley-Harper

Shaun Lowery Award: Dan Kelsey

Nicholas Welch Trophy: Erin Donnelly

Griffin Shield: Harry Race

Heenan Shield: Max McLean

Wiseman Shield: Matthew Owen

Vaughan Shield: Chloe Howe

Hinsley Scott Award: Niamh Roddy


Pastoral Award: James Garbarino, Ava Connor, Annabelle Harrison, Josh Hayes, Zoe Hood, Melody Jones, Dylan Snelling, Michael Taylor, Libby Walker

Carmel Education Trust Achievement & Adversity Award: Darcy Woodward, Jack Ross, Szakera Las

Carmel Education Trust Exceptional Service: George Walker

Carmel Education Trust Exceptional Merit: Millie Young, Katherine Reed, Clayton Long, Demi Fretter, Elisa Cartwright, Erin Flynn

Carmel Educational Trust Exceptional Dedication: Madeleine Blackham, Patrick Dybell

Carmel Educational Trust Shield of Exceptional Attainment: Niamh Kernan, Liam Collins

The Archangel Award for Ethos: Sarah Keay

Carmel Educational Trust Distinction Award for achieving one or more Grade 9:

James Binns                  Madeleine Blackham                 Jude Blackmore

Amy Blakemore             Max Brodie                              Elisa Cartwright

Erin Donnelly                 Rhys Donnelly                Jayne Donohoe

Gareth Drysdale            Patrick Dybell                           Erin Flynn

Elin Gittus                     Harry Gunston                          Niamh Kernan

Sarah Keay                   Megan Sharkey                        Scarlett Spence


The Good Shepherd Award: Brooke Godfrey

Tom Brown Award: Dylan Westgarth

St Michael’s Award: Gareth Drysdale

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