College Honours Year's Top Students
Tue, 2002-05-21 01:00
Last night the East Durham College Annual Student Awards took place and were hailed a tremendous success.
The event takes place at the end of every academic year and recognises and celebrates the achievements of the students from across all areas of the College.
The ceremony took place at the College’s Peterlee Campus and was attended by over 300 guests; including the 60 award winners, their family and friends, college staff and governors.
Also in attendance were the Mayor of Peterlee Cllr. Ronald Curtis, the Mayor of Seaham’s Consort Cllr. Mr Brian Allen, Cllr Mr Alan Napier, Cllr. Audrey Laing; plus many other invited guests from the world of business, industry and education.
The awards were presented to students by former Newcastle United and England forward Malcolm ‘Supermac’ Macdonald. Malcolm scored 95 goals in 187 appearances for the magpies in the early 70s. Malcolm is now better known as one of the Three Legends for his work on the nightly football phone-in on Star Radio.
East Durham College Principal Suzanne Duncan, told the audience: “Tonight has been a tremendous success. It has been wonderful to celebrate not only the achievements of the learners receiving these special awards but also to acknowledge their parents, carers and friends - as well as the many college staff who have helped in contributing to the success of this group of amazing learners.
“We have seen near 8,000 learners study at East Durham College this year so the students here tonight should feel very proud. They have all clearly demonstrated that they each have something really special that makes their achievements worthy of an award. Well done and congratulations from all of us here at East Durham College.”
The biggest award of the night, Student of the Year, was announced and went to Rachel Storey, 19, from Peterlee, who studies Catering and Hospitality at the College.
An overwhelmed Rachel couldn’t believe she had won the award but was proud to collect the coveted prize.
Rachel said: “I am still in shock, I had no idea that I was going to win student of the year.
“I have worked really hard at the College since starting my course and my confidence has been slowly building up but this is a huge boost.”
And Rachel’s hard work has even got her set up for a new job, working in the College.
“It’s great to be acknowledged for the work I have done and to get a job as well is great. I can’t wait to finish my course now and starting working in September.”
Catering and Hospitality course leader Sharon Littler added: “I am so overwhelmed. I am so proud of Rachel.
“She is a totally different person to the one who joined us three years ago on a level 1 course. She has totally come out of her shell and her confidence has really grown throughout her time here - she has blossomed into a lovely young woman.
“She’s worked really hard and she thoroughly deserves this award.”