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Monday, 29 April 2013
Bolton School Girls’ Division Sixth Form pupil, Katherine Etchells, has been shortlisted for a Bolton Young Wonder award.
Crompton Place Shopping Centre teamed up with The Bolton News to find young people in the community who are a shining example to their peer group and Katherine is one of five shortlisted by the judges.
Besides her A Level studies, Katherine still finds time to help out as a leader in her Brownie pack every week. She has also found enough time to complete work for her Duke of Edinburgh Silver award and this summer will be off to Peru to help build shelters for orphans. Not only that, Katherine is also learning to play the flute, and performing with the school concert band and a local music and drama group.
One of the judges, Crompton Place Shopping Centre manager Malcolm Angus, said: “It is all too easy to say we haven’t got time to volunteer our time for free but when you read about Katherine, who has so much going on in her young life, you can’t help but feel she puts us all to shame.” The overall winner will be announced later in the year, and will receive a stack of prizes from retailers at Crompton Place.
Katherine said: “I was really surprised to find I had been nominated. It is a terrific honour.” She was nominated by her Brown Owl at the 75th Bolton (St Peter’s Belmont) Brownie Pack, Kate Redfern. She said: “The Brownies all look up to her. Katherine is an absolute star and we are really going to miss her when she goes off to university in September.”
When considering her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award last year, Katherine decided to take in a World Challenge, which organises educational expeditions and adventures for schools. In July she joins teams of school friends who are heading for Peru for three weeks. After her A Levels, Katherine hopes to go to Edinburgh to study Structural Engineering.
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