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Mansfield Scout announced as Young Person of the Year 2008 - December 2008

Yopey 2008Stefan Prest, who is now an Assistant Explorer Scout Leader in Mansfield district, was crowned young person of the year 2008 at County Hall in West Bridgford in December 2008. Stef was one of 12 finalists who had been shortlisted from loads of impressive candidates.

Stef won the award with the most points in the history of the YOPEY award according to founder Tony Gearing.

Cllr Joyce Bosnjak, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said, "This is a wonderful achievement! Seeing so many young people who do so much good in our county being recognised! We are all really proud of these young people who are showing the true image of youth."

Matt Rooney, Deputy County Commissioner for Nottinghamshire scouts said, "It was a great surprise that all of Stef's hard work has been recognised in this way! It was also good to be surrounded by so many amazing young people who are all doing extraordinary things in their local communities." "It was also interesting that Stef was not the only Scout to be shortlisted! So well done to everybody and well done to Stef!"

Stef with the Chief ScoutStefan won the award for the work he did to set-up a cyber cafe and youth club in Bilsthorpe, securing funding for computers and staff. He has been a member of youth parliament and chaired a district youth assembly, he had just stood in a local election as conservative for Clipstone and he also represents Nottinghamshire Scouts on the national council of the Scout Association.
"I was shocked to have won the award because all of the finalists were doing some great things," said Stef. "It doesn't feel like hard work, I just enjoy what I do and I want to make things better for young people!" he finished.

Sir Andrew Buchanan, Lord Lieutenant and President of Nottinghamshire Scouts said, "This is a special day for Stef, his family and the Scouts. Stef is just one of the thousands of Scouts in Nottinghamshire that engage in positive activities week in and week out! Nottinghamshire is a better place thanks to young people like Stefan Prest"

Read Stefan's nomination for the award and read about previous Scout and Guide entrants Ian, Emma, Penny, and Darryl. Read more about the award on the national website or the Nottinghamshire page.