A YEAR 11 school pupil has won the prestigious title ‘Young Person of the year’.

Melissa Tout, from Nunnery Wood High School, was given the award for her work with the local community by Fortis Living at its Fortis Community Awards.

She was nominated by Lisa Craven who is the leader of Melissa’s local community centre, the Ronkswood Community Centre.

She was nominated for her contributions and achievements in and out of school.

She plays rugby for Worcester under 18s team, boxes and also coaches boxing.

She does volunteer work at the local community centre and was recognised for her commitment to this.

The award was presented at Worcester University, where Melissa received a trophy and gift card, on December 3.

She said, “I was surprised and very shocked when I won this award.

"I am very thankful for everyone who has and continues to support me.”

Chris Reed, community engagement team leader at Fortis Living said: “Our Fortis Awards are testimony to the fact that community spirit is well and truly alive.

“Each year we have been humbled by the fantastic achievements of our customers and the amazing differences they have made to their communities.”

Fortis Community Awards were also handed out for volunteer of the year, community involvement award, inspiration award, positive changes award, and group community project award.