Thurston Community College has paid tribute to two of its former pupils who died after an accident on the A14 ay Bury St Edmunds.
The crash happened shortly before 9pm on Thursday last week.
Adam Weller, 19, from Weeting was driving a BMW that left the road and hit a tree. He died at the scene.
Macauley Clements who was 16 and from Ixworth was a passenger in the car. He died the next morning at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
In a statement the college said: “Adam was a wonderful young man; caring, kind and thoughtful.
“He was justifiably proud of himself and his achievements, always working hard in school and showing great determination to fulfil his ambition of joining the army.
“He was fit, active and led an adventurous life, never afraid
to try new activities.
“He loved being part of a team, enjoying the opportunity to exert his quiet leadership.
“Adam was a young man who demonstrated huge amounts of integrity and was never afraid to stand out from the crowd, always showing respect to his peers and staff.
“His mature and sensible outlook, coupled with his gentle nature, earned him respect from all members of our college community.
“He had a quiet sense of humour which he carried with a cheeky smile. Adam wore his heart on his sleeve, was an open book and showed fierce loyalty to his friends.”
The college, also paid tribute to Macauley.
“Macauley was a fantastic young man. Although it is difficult to sum him up in words, we will remember him mostly for his loyalty to his friends.
“Macauley always put others before himself and would go out of his way to protect his friends. He was a conscientious young man with integrity beyond his years.
“He displayed a profound sense of leadership and his peers looked to him for guidance and support.
“Macauley had a wicked sense of humour and always maintained a positive and optimistic outlook on life.
“Throughout his time at Thurston Community College, Macauley always displayed a very strong interest in joining the army to serve his country.
“He was extremely proud of his granddad and wanted to follow in his footsteps.
“He had been accepted into the infantry and was due to start on February 6.
“Both Adam and Macauley were popular and well-loved students who made a lasting impression on those who knew them; they will be greatly missed.
“We have no shadow of a doubt that both young men, displaying such ambition, strength and fitness, would have excelled quickly through the ranks and been invaluable members of the British Armed Forces.
“The tragic news of the deaths of Adam and Macauley has devastated our College community and on behalf of all students and staff we would like to offer our sincere condolences to their families and friends.”
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