A NORTON College student has been awarded the prestigious Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate - the equivalent of an MBE for young people.
Jacob Porter was given the honour for his commitment and achievements with the Army Cadet Force.
And, in an unprecedented move, he takes on the role from his older brother Ben.
The teenager will now act as an aide to the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Crathorne, joining him at different ceremonies across the year, such as the Annual Legal Service and the Remembrance Service.
“I am so honoured to have received this award and look forward to assisting Lord Crathorne at future events,” he said. “I would like to thank everybody in the Army Cadet Force for all the support they have given me throughout the past four years.”
Jacob joined the Army Cadet Force in 2008 and has reached the rank of Colour Sergeant, becoming a four star cadet.
His many achievements include a BTEC Diploma Level 2 in Public Services, Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and qualifications in First Aid and the Senior Cadet Instructor Course.
Jacob is also due to represent the county in a shooting competition which takes place in November.
He has also represented his county in the North East regionals for tug-of-war and athletics.
Jacob received his award during a presentation evening in Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, where he made a presentation about his life as an Army Cadet and his future aspirations. He also talked about how pleased he was to receive the award.
Norton College teacher David Kirk, who attended the evening to represent the school and support Jacob, said: “I am very proud of Jacob’s achievements and I am honoured to be able to support him on the evening.”