Good friendship and hard work were among the qualities celebrated at an award ceremony for young people.
The first Ware Youth Awards for Outstanding Achievement took place in March and highlighted the positive side of young people in the district.
The awards were the brainchild of Ware Mayor councillor Alan Warman, who announced the winners at the event in Ware Priory.
Ben Sinfield was named as the winner of the outstanding achievement award and Annabel Underwood was the winner of the charity work in the community category.
Eight-year-old Joel Israel was given the award for overcoming adversity for working hard to learn English in one year after moving from India.
June Murdock, who nominated him, said: “I feel he has achieved so much in eight years and he is always trying to push himself to learn more.”
May Muhr, 15, of Pinewood School, was given the Being a Good Friend prize and described as an “inspiration to us all”.
Cllr Warman said: “This evening is about the positive side of young people. The nominations have been outstanding. When we started out, we had nothing.”
Hugh 3rd Viscount Trenchard, of Standon Lordship, who attended the event, said: “This is a wonderful occasion. I think what Cllr Warman has started is part of building a big society which is what this country so badly needs.
“We have it in spades and what you’re doing is making it work. I hope that this will be copied by other councils and carried forward year after year, and grow in importance.”