Olympic torch relay: Day 37
The Olympic torch will cross the Pennines today, on a trip from Salford to Leeds and School Reporters have been on the case to tell the tale of the torch and the people carrying it, as well as covering other 2012-related stories.
From interviewing torchbearers to investigating young people's thoughts and opinions about the Olympics, School Reporters have been looking into lots of different aspects of the event and the build-up.
And the torch relay gives us the perfect excuse to showcase some of the great reporting that has gone on by schools along the route, so read on to find out what they have been reporting on.
Torchbearer recognised for turning life around
School Reporters from Royds Specialist Language College interviewed Aidan Dixon, a torchbearer who works at the school in the behavioural support unit.
Aidan, 19, was once a pupil at Royds, and now works with disaffected children who struggle to work in the school environment. However, Aidan was once in the same position as the students he works with.
"I was rebellious, a bad boy" said Aidan, who frequently truanted and was excluded before Year 10. "I couldn't stand my lessons, and nobody ever came after me."
But after a change of heart and completing his GCSEs, Aidan stayed on at Royds to complete his A-levels, and started to help out with behaviour support.
"I find it rewarding, but it's still tough. You need a lot of patience to work in this environment".
And how's this for a great quote to convey the emotion of carrying the torch...
"Once I finished, my Dad was crying his eyes out, saying 'That's my son!'," said Aidan.
The honour of carrying the torch
Abigail, from Abbey Grange Academy, Leeds explains how she got the chance to run with the Olympic flame.
Who nominated you and why?
Miss Cole, my PE teacher nominated me. I think she nominated because I'm sporty, hard-working and energetic. I also love PE - it's my favourite subject!
How did you find out you had been picked as a torchbearer?
Sometime last year, I think it was December. I was on my way to my English lesson when Miss Cole saw me and asked if she could speak to me for a minute. She then told me that I'd be chosen to carry the Olympic flame for 300m.
I didn't even realise I'd been nominated so when I found I was very, very excited!
How do you feel about being one of the youngest torchbearers?
It's an amazing opportunity and I feel lucky to be a part of the Olympics. Not many other people will ever have the chance to carry the Olympic flame and I'm pretty sure it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life.
What are you most looking forward to about this special experience?
There's lots of things that I'm looking forward to such as seeing lots of people out on the streets watching the flame be taken through their communities.
But I'm most looking forward to actually having the torch in my hands and seeing what it feels like to hold.
It seems everyone has their own opinion on the London Olympics and the preceding torch relay and pupils at Oasis Academy MediaCity are no exception.
Some of their pupils told School Report how they feel about it all as part of last year's countdown to the Games.
Demi said: ''I'm not really bothered about the Olympics but if the torch comes to my town I'd probably be more interested in it,'' while Beth took a more upbeat view saying ''it'll be really good if the Olympic Torch relay comes to Manchester because it's our town and people can get involved.'' Luckily for both of them the torch is heading to Salford!
End Quote Boxer Crystal in interview with School Reporters from Buille Hill Visual Arts College
I just love to box and train, and being the national champion four years in row is something special”
Students from Buille Hill Visual Arts College should have no trouble getting excited about the Olympics as they have their own sporting hopeful to root for.
Fifteen-year-old Crystal has been training as a boxer in Salford for years, and with four national titles under her belt and the GB boxing squad showing keen interest in her progress, it seems she's well on her way to Olympic success.
"I just love to box and train, and being the national champion four years in row is something special," she told the School Reporters. "I will be working hard to make sure I keep hold of the title again."
But her fellow classmates will have to wait a little longer before cheering her on as Crystal won't be able to compete until the 2016 games in Brazil.
Pupils from Stretford Grammar School have spent a lot of time producing some fantastic Olympic content, interviewing Olympic kayaker Jonathan Akinyemi on his reasons behind for leaving Team GB to go back to his roots and compete for the Nigerian team.
He said the support from Nigeria has had a ''really big impact and hopefully it will improve my performance. I'm the first Nigerian to win a medal in canoeing."
They've also written a very insightful article weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of the Games being held in London highlighting issues such as employment figures, housing and investment which are changing in the preparations leading up to London 2012.
Year 9 pupils from Rastrick High School also got the chance to interview one of the Paralympic athletes. Wheelchair racer Georgina Oliver came into the school on their News Day to discuss her sport as well as the different events disabled athletes are taking part in.
Harry and Grace from Oasis Academy Oldham interviewed their teacher, Mr McAvoy, an official Olympic torchbearer nominated for his charity work and coaching.
He talks about the process of being nominated and being granted the role out of thousands of people in the area.
And students from Titus Salt School are getting heavily involved with the Olympic spirit. They've held a non-uniform day based on the Olympic colours to produce a fantastic shot of them holding hands to form the four rings. They also met champion bobsleigh driver Nicola Minichiello to launch the programme "Be the Best that you can Be!" which aims to run lessons for Year 7 students in the run up to this summer's games on how to believe in themselves and achieve success.
And if that wasn't enough they've also made their own animated film in honour of the Cultural Olympiad as well as a guide to everything you'd ever want to know about the Olympics!