Annual Student Awards Is Capital
Fri, 14/09/2001 - 01:00
The prestigious East Durham College Annual Student Awards ceremony was held last night and was once again a tremendous success.
The eagerly anticipated event took place at the College’s Peterlee Campus and was attended by over 300 guests; including the 65 award winners, their family and friends, College staff and governors.
Also in attendance were the Mayor of Peterlee Cllr. Bob Kyle, the Mayor of Seaham Cllr. Sue Morrison, the Chair of Durham County Council Cllr. Linda Marshall, the Deputy Leader of Durham County Council Cllr. Alan Napier, Cllr. Audrey Laing; plus many other invited guests from the world of business, industry and education.
An extra touch of glamour was also added to the evening by special guests Bodg, Matt and JoJo, who present 105-106 Capital FM’s Breakfast Show were on hand to present the winners with their well deserved awards.
Interim Principal and CEO, Mr Eugene McCrossan, told the audience: “Tonight is a night to celebrate not only the achievements of the learners receiving these special awards but also to acknowledge the parents and carers - as well as the many college staff who have helped in contributing to the success of this group of amazing learners.
“The students here tonight have demonstrated that they each have something special that makes their achievements worthy of an award. Well done and congratulations from all of us here at East Durham College.”
The Student of the Year was also announced on the night and went to Trevor Walker, 34, from Wheatley Hill, who studies music at the College.
Trevor, who is going on to Salford University to study music, was flabbergasted to have picked up the coveted award.
“As the description of the student of the year was being read out, I began to realise it was me they were talking about and was completely shocked.
“I have absolutely loved my time at the College and it’s given me an amazing foundation to be able to further my studies at uni.”
Performing Arts lecturer Billy Nicholson said: “Trevor came to the College three years ago having decided to put his life back on track having previously made wrong choices.
“In those three years he has worked tirelessly in following his dream to become a professional musician. He has achieved a distinction star in his extended diploma in music and has become a talented vocalist with excellent stage presence. He has been a leader and excellent role model for the other students in his group. He is testimony to the value of hard work.”
A very moving part of the evening was when Adam Charlton’s father Fred went up to collect an award on behalf of his son who tragically passed away this May.
Adam died a couple of weeks after his teaching staff had selected him for the College’s Beauty Award and sadly never knew he had received this accolade for his amazing work and dedication on his course.
Receiving the award on behalf of his son Fred said: “Adam’s time at the College had been very special, and were some of the happiest moments of his adult life.”