The 11th Descendants Dr John Roberts CBE QC Annual Achievement Awards were held on Friday 3rd July 2015.
As well as all of the talented young nominees and their families, special guests and dignitaries in attendance included Cllr Harbhajan Kaur-Dheer (Mayor of London Borough of Ealing) and wife Councillor Kaur-Dheer, His Excellency, High commissioner Grenada, Mr Joslyn Whiteman and Mrs Whiteman, new Acton and Ealing MP Rupa Huq and The Youth Mayor of Ealing,
Margaret Noel, founder of descendants welcomed everyone, then handed over to the 2 young comperes, Jamal and Jodie who kept the audience entertained and the evening flowing .
The introduction of the now 10-year-old genius, Joshua Beckford, the youngest person to attend Oxford University at age 6, served as an inspirational start the evening and provided the perfect lead-in to the main event.
The award ceremony itself was breath-taking – it was just brilliant to see so much talent in one room. All short listed children were awarded certificates, book vouchers and goody bags with the winning child in each category also receiving a trophy.
After the Awards, the entertainment!
What a treat we had in store:
A memorising performance from Kianja, a super-talented 17 year old, who not only sang, but also played the guitar
An exhilarating performance from Hybrid, a dance duo comprised of two young best friends,
The return of the brilliant Camara, last year’s winner of the first Steve McQueen Arts Award, who had the audience dancing to her sweet accomplished voice
Finally we were given a taste of what is to come from the new Sakyi Four, semi-finalists from Britain’s Got Talent 2015. Simon Cowell, don’t let these talented boys slip through your fingers!
The evening concluded with all the children taking photos with the entertainers and special guests, including West Ham United and England U17 international footballer Jahmal Hector-Ingram.
Between all the nominees, the winners and all the entertainers, the room was packed with a breath-taking amount of young talent. Here’s to a successful and inspirational evening celebrating the next generation of world changers!
Our shining stars!
Winners of Primary Awards
Emmanuel Ukwenu – Student who excels in all areas of their education
Akeem Sulley – Student who works hard and achieves against all the odds
Tyler Falzon – Male Student of the year
Esther Engola – Female Student of the year
Africa Blagrove – Student who excels in Arts
Vivienne Cadogan – Student who excels in Sports
Amal Ali – Future Leader
Esther Engola – The Lord Paul Boateng Award for Overall Outstanding Primary Student
Winners of Secondary Awards
Osob Dahir – Student who excels in all areas of their education
Breon Ramdeen -Student who works hard and achieves against all the odds
Saeed Warsame – Student who works hard and achieves against all the odds
Aaron Ajayi – Male Student of the year
Lauren Smith – Female Student of the year
Markell Charles-Bailey – Winner of the Steve McQueen OBE CBE Arts Award
Chantelle Malcolm – Student who excels in Sports
Akeno McKenzie – Future Leader
Descendants Special Awards to celebrate those in the community who were inspirational and committed extra-ordinary people
Quianna Farquharson – Willis Wilkie Award
Rianna Black – Connie Mark BEM MBE Award
Kamiah Dawkins – Grant –Kim Noel Award
The Overall winner of the Dr John Roberts CBE QC Achievement Award was Deborah Alowade of Twyford High School
Relive some of highlights of the evening with our photo gallery (coming soon)