Eco-champ Josh in line for award

High Tunstall College of Science pupil Josh Cooper
High Tunstall College of Science pupil Josh Cooper

AN environmentally friendly student who has worked on a number of green projects is hoping to be awarded another prestigious honour.

High Tunstall College of Science pupil Josh Cooper, 14, runs the school’s own eco-council.

Josh, who was hailed as an environmental champion at the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool awards earlier this year, has worked hard on a number of projects in school.

The Year 9 pupil said that looking after the environment is now a big part of his life.

In school he has campaigned alongside other students to ensure fellow pupils and staff recycle whenever possible.

He has also worked on a number of projects including a wildlife garden and allotment in the school, an eco-block as well as helping to instal hanging baskets around the building.

His hard work also helped the school secure the prestigious Green Flag status, as reported in the Mail last month.

Now Josh, who lives in Bishop Cuthbert, in Hartlepool, with mum and dad Suzanne and Graham and younger brother Liam, seven, has applied for an AXA Ambition Award.

The awards were set up to reward extremely talented and hard-working teenagers throughout the country.

Josh is hoping to come out on top in the community category.

“I first got really involved when the eco-group was set up in school,” Josh said.

“Since then I have got more and more involved and as a group we have done more around the school.

“It is something I feel very strongly about, the environment is something we need to look after.

“If people look after their environment then it will make more feel like it’s something that’s worth doing.

“I was told about the AXA Ambition Awards and the teachers at the school said I should definitely go for it.” Laura Ovens, faculty leader of humanities at the school, in Elwick Road, said: “Josh contributes to every level in the school, he is a real role model.

“Alongside the other members of the eco-council, Josh has worked extremely hard on a number of projects around the school and has had fantastic results.

“They have revolutionised the college in terms of how people think about the environment.”

The winners of the awards will be announced in November this year.

They will receive a package that could be worth up to £40,000 to support them with their ambitions.