NINETEEN students from Darlington College of Technology received certificates at a Positive Young People Awards presentation.

The awards are presented each year to young people who have made an outstanding contribution to their school or community.

The students were nominated by agencies, including the Millennium Volunteers and Darlington Association on Disability.

Diane Muckle, student activities co-ordinator at the college, said: "We are extremely proud of the students. They are a shining example of community spirit and personal achievement."