University names student as star of Year 10

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 A student from Pool Academy has been crowned Year 10 Star of the Year by University of Exeter officials.

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Martin Caldwell said it was a surprise to hear he had beaten off students from schools across the county to win the title.

He was awarded a star and a special white badge to wear on his uniform for his work raising money and awareness for charity.

It was given to him during the University of Exeter’s Excellence Awards Cornwall event earlier this month.

Martin said: “I was nominated for the award but I thought it was just for the Positive Contribution awards. I didn’t know I was going to get the Star award. When I heard my name I was confused, shocked and happy.

“It was a good evening and my family were proud of me.

“I was given the Year 10 Star of the Year award for my work in increasing awareness for diabetes.

“I held a fundraising Judo event. I held a session to raise money and collected more than £100. I will probably do something else for the charity again.”

Claire Meakin, Principal of Pool Academy, said she was proud of Martin for receiving the award.

Last year more than 80 awards were presented to students from across the South West Peninsular of Cornwall. They were rewarded for their Academic Achievement, Artistic Achievement, Sporting Achievement and Positive Contribution to their school or community.