STUDENTS from throughout a Bognor Regis school have received national recognition.
The public honour for the 17 pupils at The Regis School has seen them receive the Diana Award.
This was founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales, in response to her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.
The award believes young people should be encouraged for their contributions to society, empowered to reach their full potential and engaged in social action as early in life as possible.
Those students, from Year 8 to Year 13, recognised are Diana Active Campaigners in their communities.
The award was received on behalf of the group by Lucy Finch, Matthew Bradshaw, Amelia Simpson and Connor Schooley, all aged 14.
Caroline Saunders, an assistant principal at the school, said: “We at The Regis School are extremely proud of our ambassadors. The Diana Award will encourage them to continue their work and will, hopefully, inspire others to stand up for their beliefs.
“They are delighted to receive an award in recognition of their hard work and dedication to promoting the rights of the child and their school.”
The ambassadors campaign for the rights of young people by ensuring their school and community are aware of UNICEF rights of the child guidelines through activities which result in every pupil being aware of their own and others’ rights.
A celebration evening for the ambassadors was held at the Westloats Lane school.
They are: Ellie Canter, Ben Bambridge, Katie Green, Reece Mears, Terry Cobb, Ben Elliott, Harriet Buck, Chloe Anne Heaton, Dan Usher Smith, Jess Rawlins, Alex Ralf, William Hodges, Hollie Gibbens, Lucy Finch, Matthew Bradshaw, Amelia Simpson and Connor Schooley.
Diana Award executive director Tessy Ojo said: “The Diana Award is proud to recognise young campaigners, like the ambassadors, who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe.”
Award-holders join the 40,000-strong Diana Network which gives them the chance to volunteer, gain life skills and put these into practice with UK work placements and internships.
They can also join anti-bullying and mentoring projects.