HUNDREDS of awards have been presented to teenage students for their achievements in the past school year.

Northallerton College held its inaugural awards ceremony at Hambleton Forum, Northallerton, last week.

A string of awards were presented by the chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, John Marsden.

Youngsters were rewarded for their academic achievement, sporting prowess, musical ability, outstanding attitude and community work.

Headteacher Mick Hill said: "In celebrating the achievements of our students, we recognise their hard work and the support and commitment of their parents and teachers. They are a credit to the community and a positive role model to their peers."

The ceremony was hosted by assistant principal Stephen Merifield.

He said: "You don't have to go very far to hear bad things said about young people.

"But we are here to remember that the vast majority are brilliant individuals who contribute a lot to our society."

The awards were interspersed with entertainment by Northallerton College Band and dance group.

Special award winners included Craig Johnston and Kirsty Thompson, who won the Ben Hyde Sports Award, given in memory of former student Ben Hyde, who was killed in Iraq in 2003.

Cuthbert Crosses went to Joe Robinson and Elizabeth Woods and the John Dennis award went to Sara Boomsma and Lawrence Rab.

Rebecca Rennison was presented with an award to mark her participation in the motorcross world championships, and Richard Whincup won the David Dick Memorial Trophy.