Hertfordshire '15

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Undeniably an inspiring event!

By Jeba Ahmed of Samuel Ryder Academy

After being a part of the YOPEY awards, I can unquestionably say that it has really given me an insight into journalism and how to be the best journalist I can be. I took the role of being the reporter for the event; this meant that I had to get as many comments as I could have from the contestants in small matters of time. Although I was confused about what I wanted to do in the future, YOPEY has facilitated me towards the right path.

I believe that YOPEY is somewhat ‘the Oscars for

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'The Queen would be very proud'

By Lucy Mellenfield, returning volunteer and Head Student of Chancellor’s School

YOPEY’s 11th anniversary was held at the stunning venue, Moor Park, which was a fantastic event for all of the attendees, but an extremely special occasion for those 12 Hertfordshire finalists who were all celebrated that evening.

From speaking to several of the mayors and council chairmen who attended the evening (or “the people with the bling” as observed by young magician Jay Borthwick, who performed

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Joint Senior YOPEY winner Yolanda Wintle

Wins £300 including £200 for Grove Cottage

Bishop's Stortford schoolgirl Yolanda Wintle, who gives up hours every week to help people with disabilities, is Hertfordshire’s Young Person of the Year.

At the annual ‘YOPEYs – Oscars for young people who give to others’ – held at the 17th century Moor Park Mansion in Rickmansworth – the 16-year-old won the top prize of the Senior YOPEY, normally reserved for older contestants.

A distinguished audience, which included the Queen’s

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Joint Senior YOPEY winner Ollie Floyd

Wins £300 including £200 for Headway

Berkhamsted schoolboy Oliver Floyd, who raised £40,000 for an injured Hemel Hempstead stranger, is Hertfordshire’s Young Person of the Year.

At the annual ‘YOPEYs – Oscars for young people who give to others’ – held at the 17th century Moor Park Mansion in Rickmansworth – the 17-year-old won the top prize of the Senior YOPEY, normally reserved for older contestants.

A distinguished audience, which included the Queen’s representatives in Hertfordshire

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Junior YOPEY winner Keshet Dor

Wins £300 including £200 for Kisharon

A 13-year-old Borehamwood girl, who helps children and adults alike, is Hertfordshire’s Young Person of the Year.

At the annual ‘YOPEYs – Oscars for young people who give to others’ – held at the 17th century Moor Park Mansion in Rickmansworth – Keshet Dor won the top prize of the Junior YOPEY for those aged 10-17.

A distinguished audience, which included the Queen’s representatives in Hertfordshire and mayors and council chairmen from across the county,

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2015 is the 10th year of YOPEYs in the whole of Hertfordshire

The 2015 Young People of the Year marks the 10th year of ‘YOPEYs’ in the whole of Hertfordshire.

Founder Tony Gearing started the first YOPEY in his then home town of Royston in 2004 and further trial YOPEYs in Bishop’s Stortford and Stevenage in 2005. From 2006 he held separate YOPEYs in every part of Hertfordshire and finals at County Hall. In 2010 he merged all the Hertfordshire YOPEYs into one county-wide competition and has repeated this every year since.

To mark the 10th year of YOPEYs across...
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MPs and mayors praise YOPEY

Sir Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire, said: “I attended the first YOPEY awards in Royston 10 years ago and I congratulate the scheme on its 10th anniversary.

“It has been an excellent initiative to celebrate the good qualities and selflessness of so many young people. We all need a pat on the back from time to time and this is a way of recognising young people’s achievements.”

Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead and Minister of State at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, said: “One of the best...
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