Cromwell youngsters were among those being recognised for services to their school and community as part of the national Blake Young Leader Awards.
This year Hannah Spittle (11), of Goldfields School, and Maddi Pask (12), of Cromwell College, were presented with the award, which recognised their leadership qualities.
Hannah, who was in her last year at Goldfields School, was “really surprised” after she discovered she was one of this year’s recipients.
Hannah said it was important to have leaders within the school for a range of reasons, including the need to “help out new entrants”.
Next year she would be a new entrant at Cromwell College so she hoped someone would be on hand to support her as she had with others.
Maddi was also surprised to learn she had been selected for the award.
“It was just so overwhelming it was me – I didn’t expect it to be me.”
Seven junior teachers nominated Maddi for the award.
Recipients were presented with a prize pack, certificate and a Blake Young Leader Award medal.