TODAY we look at three remarkable people who have been shortlisted in the Young Personality category of this year’s Examiner Community Awards.

Tomorrow and all next week we’ll reveal more of the individuals and groups put forward for an award. The winner will be revealed at the presentation evening at the Galpharm Stadium on Monday June 6.

HE escaped from an evil regime and has grasped every chance a new life has offered.

Reddin Rizgar even dreams that one day he will become an astronaut and such is the resilience, determination and courage of this 16-year-old Moor End Technology student he may well achieve his ambition one day.

Reddin, who is from a Kurdish background, came to Britain at the age of four from Northern Iraq after his father – a deserter from Saddam Hussain’s army – carried him on his back during a year-long journey.

Despite suffering bouts of depression, Reddin learned to speak English and acted as an interpreter for his father even though he has physical disabilities including Goldehar Syndrome, Klippel-feil Syndrome and Growth Hormone Deficiency.

In many ways Reddin is a model student – hard-working, committed and determined. Among a group of exceptional students, he is strong and voices his opinions articulately and with humour.

His favourite subjects are maths and PE and he enjoys keeping fit and solving puzzles.

He is a member of the college’s Young Citizen’s Panel, a keen footballer, qualified climber and has joined many clubs including three different football teams and a Jiu Jitsu club.

Staff and colleagues describe him as “not the typical teenager”.

During a week spent on an Army trip at Strensall Barracks, near York, he was unphased when attempting to scale a 6ft wall on the army assault course.

Moor End headteacher Jane Acklam said: “He is considered the life and soul by many of his peers and a great friend. He is ready to attempt and surpass all obstacles that life throws him. His intelligent humour never fails to amuse.

“His future will be very positive – he will go a long way. He has great faith in people and that faith infuses everyone. He is an awesome person. A top lad!”

Reddin, said maths was his favourite subject and he hoped to study at university after college.

“I am really proud to be nominated,’’ he said. “Moor End has been a great school for me and particularly because of the mixed culture which has helped me learn with people from all over the world.”

JHOVAN has turned his life around due to hard work, discipline ... and karate.

Jhovan Hanson, who celebrates his 17th birthday on June 11, punched his way to a black belt in just three years.

But the former Newsome High School and Sports College student – who is now studying sports science at Huddersfield New College – hasn’t always been a paragon of discipline and hard work.

He admits he was an angry child and had started getting into a lot of trouble at school until he met former World Kickboxing Champion Lance Lewis.

Jhovan was chosen to go to the Colne Valley Black Belt Academy to try karate through school after Lance had just started work at the school as an improvement officer.

Jhovan soon became a familiar face at the Linthwaite-based club where he channelled his energy into success.

He achieved his black belt in three years in freestyle karate – a feat not normally achieved in under five years – and has won the British Junior Championships.

Jhovan’s mum, Lisa, said: “The Academy has done so much for Jhovan and I’m so proud of all he has achieved.

“He has suffered something of a setback with his karate though. He is waiting for surgery on a shoulder injury following a dislocation a year ago. It is hard because he can’t train and he gets really frustrated, but hopefully he will make a full recovery.’’

One of Jhovan’s coaches, Niko Gjoka, said Jhovan was a “natural”.

“It’s not all about kicking and punching – it’s about discipline and concentration,’’ he said.

“He’s really turned his life around and become really polite.”