Young Person of the Year to pursue law dream
7:50am Sunday 20th May 2012 in News
A teenager who scooped the Wandsworth Young Person of the Year 2012 is planning to use her experiences growing up in care to pursue a career in family law.
Sharnough Dauley-Hill, who grew up in Wandsworth, claimed the title at the annual award ceremony in the Town Hall on May 8.
Ms Dauley-Hill was one of 120 young people chosen from more than 300 candidates to be part of the Pathways to Law programme.
This saw her gain a work experience placement at top 10 legal practice, Hogan Lovells International, after impressing selectors with her outstanding GCSE results and personal statement.
Now the 17-year-old wants to use her childhood experiences of going through the legal system to benefit others.
She said: "Being nominated for Wandsworth Young Person of the Year was already an exciting opportunity and I am thankful to my nominator, Bill Marney, for acknowledging my potential.
"It was a fantastic evening and I am thankful to everyone who made an effort to make tonight special.
"I am extremely thankful for my parents for nurturing and shaping me into the girl I am."
Angela Graham, chairman of the scheme, praised all of the young people recognised on the night.
She said: "Many of those who walked away with an award have been faced with great challenges or personal problems in their short lives - but they have found the strength to overcome them and to shine."
The council-run event, now in its 20th year, acknowledged some of the brightest and best young people in the borough for their achievements, courage, generous attitude or ability to overcome difficult personal circumstances.
For more information visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/youth.