Outstanding students from Bridlington were celebrated at the glittering East Riding College awards night.
Held for the first time at The Spa Bridlington, the event rewarded the achievement of 36 students from across the county, including 10 Bridlington youngsters.
Presented with their awards by Richard Lacey, chairman of governors, each winner was crowned Student of the Year for their field of study.
Elenore Jolley, 19, won for her work in Health and Social Care; Jamie Carter, 26, scooped the prize for English; Jessica Holt, 16, claimed the top title in Media; Lauren Stagles won for Humanities; Lauren Owen, 19, won top student in Sport; Melisa Hammil, 17, won the Performing Arts prize; Nicole Berry, 17, won student of the year in Hair and Beauty; Sophie Jones, 19, won for her work in Travel; Stuart Macklin, 21, took the prize for Public Services, while Gemma Yardley, 18, was awarded a prize for her contribution to the student voice.
College principal Derek Branton said: “Our annual awards are always a highlight of the year for me as it is when we celebrate the positive influence education and training has on people’s lives and career advancement.
“We heard some truly inspirational stories about students who were on their way to university, were progressing to higher levels of study at the College, had overcome challenges to succeed or had used their learning to benefit their job role.
“All of our award winners are role models for their peers and deserve recognition. My congratulations go to all of them.”
The evening, on Wednesday 12 March, was kicked off with songs by music student and singer-songwriter Mark Rowlands which was followed by the College’s AGM. A music, drama and dance piece called “Broken Record”, which was written and performed by the College’s performing arts students followed the AGM.
Richard Lacey, chairman of the College’s Governors, said: “My fellow governors and I were delighted to hear such wonderful stories of achievement from our students.
“Working in education is very rewarding and never more so than when we see what students can achieve with the support and encouragement of a talented team of tutors.”
Each winner was rewarded for their work because they had overcome difficulties and shown enthusiasm to achieve their goals at college.
Elenore Jolley began her Level Three Extended Diploma Health & Social Care battling with low confidence issues, but has overcome that to achieve work of merit and distinction quality.
Jamie Carter’s time at college saw him put in extra work to achieve a B in GCSE English and he helped support and encourage others in his class.
Jessica Holt has shown enthusiasm in her studies and has produced film work of a high standard. She is credited with brightening up the class with her smile.
Lauren Owen supports the College and shares her positive experiences by advertising sport courses to young people. She is committed to her work.
Lauren Stagles has admitted to not finding academic work easy, but has made exceptional progress with the challenge of A Levels.
Melisa Hammil has built up her confidence during her studies and produces ‘out of the box’ ideas for art class.
Nicole Berry is passionate about her subject and sets herself challenges above her ability to achieve her goals in hairdressing.
Sophie Jones has great customer service skills and is employed by the college. Sophie was featured in the trade magazine ‘Travel Weekly’ as a cover story for her progression.
Stuart Macklin is praised for his performance in classroom debates and inspires others with his work ethic.
Gemma Yardley’s award was given for her work encouraging students, in particular those on her course, put across their views and ensuring those views are listened to by the college managers.