HONORARY guest speaker at Thursday's Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School speech night was Lisa Dowd, the first former pupil Dr Wilkes has ever invited back to speech night as guest of honour.
Introducing Lisa, who is now a TV broadcast journalist for Sky News, he said: "Lisa is remembered by many staff as a very able and committed student.
"Mr Tougher, who taught her A-level RE, had particular words of praise for her when I informed him that she would be our guest of honour, as did Mrs Farr."
Lisa began with a short presentation highlighting the work she does with Sky News as their Midlands correspondent, which includes dashing around the country covering the area's biggest stories.
Mentioning her pride of the school, Lisa remembered her first work experience, in which she managed to secure a placement with The Sun and The Times newspapers in London.
This experience, she explained, was what made her know she wanted to be a journalist, and her career began there.
After QEGS, Lisa studied Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent University and did further work experiences with local news providers.
From here she worked with a number of radio stations before landing a job with Central News and making regular appearances on ITV.
Becoming Midlands Correspondent for Sky News, said Lisa, is her dream job, and her message to pupils at the speech night was that whatever school or university they go to, it is their drive and determination that will get them to where they want to be.