A schoolgirl from Kings Langley has been recognised for the empathy, friendship and support she has shown to other pupils.
Elena Ricciardi, who attends Kings Langley School, has won the Billy Dove Friendship award which is handed out each year by the Billy’s Wish charity.
Now in its seventh year, the award was created as it reflected the values Billy Dove had for his fellow school mates.
Billy Dove died in 2011 after he was a victim of knife crime.
Subsequently his dad, Paul, set up Billy’s Wish with family members and friends, to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime and to promote positive youth activity in order to steer teenagers away from a gang culture.
This year’s award was won by Elena and Mrs Jackson told the magazine why she deserves the award.
She said: “Elena is a kind and considerate girl who is always calm and a great support for other students.
“An example would be from when we took a trip to New York where she took particular care to involve other pupils. She cares for others and she’s well respected by all the staff and her peers.”
Another Kings Langley pupil, Trinity Hayles, won the Contribution to School Life award.
Mrs Jackson added: “This was a thoroughly well-deserved award for someone who has overcome a lot of difficulties.
“She has a unique demeanour and has recently got more involved in various aspects of the school. This includes library monitor, a role she has continued into sixth form, as well as drama and musical productions.
“Her smile when she won the award lit up the room and made everyone emotional with happiness. She has shown that you can contribute in a variety of ways.”