Jordan Havell picked up the certificate for his contribution to the Sutton on Sea Shipwreck Heritage Project.
A delighted Jordan told the Leader: “I had no idea that this commendation was coming, I didn’t even know that I had been nominated.
“So to see it come in the post recently was a lovely surprise.”
The Historic England Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage.
The awards were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.