PERHAPS Cape Cornwall School’s most famous alumni presented a special new award at a glamorous ceremony last night.
David Haigh, managing director of Leeds United Football Club, businessman and banker, presented Gabriel Lucas-Green with a special journalism accolade for showing exceptional promise in the field.
Gabriel, 17, now studying A-Levels at Penwith College, worked hard to get the school’s radio station, Cape Radio, off the ground and said he was delighted to be given the David Haigh Award for Journalism.
“I feel very excited,” he said, just after being told he had won.
“I’m completely surprised - I had no idea. It’s a brilliant honour.”
Gabriel said it was great to meet the former student, who he described as an “inspiration” for young people in St Just.
“I’ve heard about him before - there was information on our website and I’ve looked at what he’s done. It’s definitely a nice thing.”
Gabriel’s past headteacher, Julie Nash, said the business plan he designed to move the project forward was “absolutely amazing” and said he would go a long way.
Now with a slot on local community station Penwith Radio, Gabriel said he had a real passion for radio production and is considering a career in the industry after finishing at college.
Mr Haigh, who was involved in journalism as a pupil at Cape Cornwall, said communication skills are paramount to being successful and wanted to introduce the accolade to champion those ideals.
“When I was here I was very interested in journalism,” he said.
“The award was something I wanted to bring in - media is a big part of what I do now. I see the value of journalism and I think it’s a really great skill for people to have.”
Mr Haigh said he had great memories of his time at Cape Cornwall and said anything that anyone can do to nurture future talent is a positive thing. He added it is largely because of his guidance he had while at the school that he got to where he is today.
Mrs Nash said: “I’m so proud of everyone here, and it’s great for Gabriel to receive the award and for David to come down and present it.
“It’s really lovely to have ex-pupils back - it’s great to see anyone who has been here. David is a great role model.”