Top young Teries to be honoured at awards evening

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THE town’s youngsters are set to be honoured at the inaugural Top Teri Awards.

The glittering event at the end of April, which is open to 11-25-year-olds, is designed to recognise young people’s achievements in the community. It will also be an opportunity to showcase the positive impact young people are making in society.

Sian Anderson, youth work services manager, said: “Young people today often get negatively portrayed and young people as a group get labelled as delinquents, yobs and hooligans.

“The awards offer the opposite, acknowledging the many young people locally who give something back, go out of their way to help others, have strived in their chosen field, have overcome a difficulty in their life or who just did something special or unique that went unrecognised or unrewarded.

“The awards enable us to appreciate the difference our young people are making and highlight individual achievement, giving them the recognition they deserve.”

With ten categories, the judging panel of young people will select three finalists for each award and they will be invited to the event along with two guests.

Sian added: “Nominations are open. All you have to do is fill out the simple nomination form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TopTeriAwards2012 telling us why they should win the award.”

Copies are also available from Think Fitness, the high school, Burnfoot Community Centre and the library. They can also be posted in the ballot boxes at the four venues by Friday, March 9.

Tickets will be available from March 30, from Think Fitness, priced £10 – which includes entry and a buffet.

Sian said: “With performances from the pipe band, Shields Dance Group, Creative Fashion students and local bands, the evening promises to be full of entertainment and inspiring stories from all the nominees.

“Who will be our Top Teries for 2012? Nominate your friend, family member, classmate/colleague or young person now.”

The awards have been developed in partnership with representatives of the Teviot and Liddesdale youth services subgroup.