awards, meh i stop caring about those long ago. when i was like in primary school the award where just there to keep kid under control. i mean they did look good and all but once i figured out what they where i just stop caring.
as for awards for competitions and stuff, well lets see. i have gotten a few of them over time, but was a proud of them well. to me they are just another bit of paper that surposively say that either "wow ur smart" or "u work hard" but i don't need a piece of paper to say that, kind pointless to me.
the only thing that i can come up with award is that the only thing they are useful is when u need to get a job later in life. i mean they wont make their desision on ur awards alone, but it might give u the edge on getting the job over ppl that don't have these shinny pieces of paper or trophies or whatever.