Superkids 2017 winner McKenzie continues to inspire Sheffield Springs school peers 

McKenzie with Cllr Jackie Drayton.
McKenzie with Cllr Jackie Drayton.

A Sheffield Springs Academy pupil has surprised fellow students and teachers after setting up her own presentation on speech impediments.

McKenzie Doman won the Extraordinary Inspirers award at last year’s Superkids awards, hosted by The Star.

McKenzie suffered from a stammer as a child which has now developed into a speech block. To help others in her class to understand, she conducted research about speech impediments to give to peers and teachers in year seven and has done so ever since.

Mum Joanne Doman said: “She decided to take on her teachers and talks to the whole class in every year she starts. To stand in front of everyone is amazing. I want her to know that what she does is great and to carry on.”

McKenzie has continued doing this since the award and Joanne hopes she will become an ambassador for other young people struggling with speech blocks.

Sheffield Superkids Awards 2018 has been launched by The Star to commend the City’s brightest youngsters on their hard work, talents and bravery.

Families of children with a heart for enterprise, a buzz for sport or a passion for fundraising are being encouraged to nominate their superstars for an award.

Awards are also up for grabs for the City’s bravest child and the most invincible carer, as well as a group award for Sheffield’s most super school.

McKenzie was nominated for her hard work and determination to help those at Sheffield Springs understand her speech impediment.

The Children’s Hospital Charity is among those sponsoring this year’s event, as well as Sheffield City Council, Crystal Peaks, Tommee Tippee, Taylor Emmett solicitors, Atkinsons, Banner Jones and Razzmataz theatre schools.

The ceremony will take place on Monday, December 3 at event partner The Light Cinema and will be hosted by Ashleigh Porter Exley, BBC’s Young Apprentice winner 2012.

If you think you know a young person who goes above and beyond for what they love, you have until midnight on Sunday, November 4 to get your nominations in .

Visit www.thestar.co.uk/superkids to nominate.