Three Smestow pupils did a great job of representing the school at the recent Wolverhampton Youth Council declaration event.

Sanchia Ndlovu, Millie Betteridge and Holly Hawkins attended the event to be officially declared as youth councillors, which means they can now represent the views of their fellow pupils on the council.

Millie said: “We enjoyed listening to speeches from the deputy mayor, Val Gibson and the chair of the youth council.

“After everyone had received their certificates, we enjoyed tea and cake and mixed with the other youth councillors.

“The best thing about the declaration event was meeting all of the new youth councillors and discussing our plans for next year.

“I’m looking forward to expanding my communication skills and becoming more confident over the next year. Smestow students will benefit by having a say in our community.”

Hollie said: “I loved the ambience of the declaration event. It was a welcoming and engaging place to discuss possibilities about the future.

“I’m looking forward to giving others a chance to get involved in what matters and becoming a gateway for change in the community.”

Sanchia said: “I am looking to benefit from the experience of being on a council and having a say in important matters. Oh, and the best thing about the declaration event was the cake!”