EDC Student Awards Event Has The X Factor
Sat, 2001-02-10 00:00
The prestigious East Durham College Annual Student Awards ceremony was held last night.
The event took place at the College’s Peterlee Campus and was attended by over 300 people; including the 65 award winners with their family and friends, staff and governors, the Mayors of Peterlee and Seaham plus other local dignitaries.
An extra touch of glamour was added to the evening by special guest Katie Waissel, of X Factor fame, who presented the winners with their awards and also performed at the event.
Katie said: “I’m thrilled to be here. I went to a college so it is a real privilege to present these awards. Keep working hard and remember knowledge is power!”
The Student of the Year was also announced on the night and went to Tanya Shires, aged 18 from Newton Aycliffe, who studies sports at the College.
Despite getting up at 5:15 every morning and taking two busses to get to college, she has achieved 97% attendance. She also stays behind after lessons to coach a local East Durham Under 8s boys’ football team, sometimes not getting home until 10:30pm. She even gives up her Saturday mornings to manage the team in their competitive games in Sunderland.
Craig Shields, Programme Leader for Sport at the College, remarked: “Throughout her 2 years her Tanya has been has been a superb example of what you can achieve with hard work and self discipline.
“In addition to her hectic schedule, she has also performed superbly throughout her academic course. Tanya attitude and application are superb.
“She has been a pleasure to teach and the sports department feels very lucky that she has decided to stay with the College for the next 2 years after being accepted on to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching. Well done.”
Also amongst the winners was Avalon Lovell-Jones, wife of ex-Sunderland Footballer Kenwyne Jones, who picked up the University of Sunderland sponsored Access to Higher Education Award and was also short-listed for Student of the Year.
Avalon said: “It’s amazing to be given an award. I found out I was pregnant shortly after I started the course and thought I would have to give up. But my lecturers helped convince me I could do it. It’s really thanks to them and all their support that I completed the course and was able to get this award.”
After having the baby, Avalon plans to apply to university to study psychology.
College Principal and CEO, Mr Stuart Wesselby, 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 this group of 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.”
Full List of Student Award Winners:
|Creative Arts Award||Rachael||Marsh|
|Beauty Therapy Award||Julie||Curry|
|Sally Salon Services Award for Hairdressing||Claire||Jenkinson|
|Health & Social Care Award||Rebecca||Griffiths|
|Media Award||Liam Andrew||Spence|
|Music & Performing Arts Award||Daniel||Williams|
|Darren Coxon Memorial Award for Brickwork||David||Gourley|
|Hancock Tools Carpentry & Joinery Award||Les||Cooper|
|Painting & Decorating Award||Kirsty||Huntington|
|Accent Training Award||Mark||Gascoyne|
|Wall & Floor Tiling Award||Adam||Spence|
|Electrical Installation Award||Luke||Wellburn|
|Gas Installation Award||Thomas||Price|
|Fitted Interiors Award||Pamela||Moore|
|Information Technology Award||Paul||Halliday|
|Travel & Tourism Award||Fay||Gorton|
|Catering Award||John David||Middleton|
|Uniformed/Public Services Award||Steven||Molyneux|
|University of Sunderland Access to HE Award||Avalon||Lovell-Jones|
|Initial teacher Training Award||David||Kirton|
|University of Sunderland Higher Education Award||Kelly||Flounders|
|Animal Care Award||Grant||Reynolds|
|Equestrian Studies Award||Elisabeth||Parry|
|Land Based Foundation Award||Louis||Welch|
|Land Based Operations Award||Peter||Bell|
|Functional Skills Award||David||Kennedy|
|David Stephinson Memorial Award for Foundation Studies||Michelle||Borewell|
|Dancer of the Year||Nadine Alicia||Frost|
|Female Boxer of the Year||Rachael||Harle|
|Boxer of the Year||Jake||Slater|
|Rugby Player of the Year||Mark||Hendry|
|Female Footballer of the Year||Tanya||Shires|
|Male Footballer of the Year||Kyle||Morris|
|Steps to Success Award||Lauranne||Clark|
|Work Based Learning Award for Administration||Victoria||Smith|
|Work Based Learning Award - Construction, Engineering, Manufacture & Warehousing||Jonathon||Gott|
|Sones Work Based Learning Award for Horticulture||Jordan||Patterson|
|Work Based Learning Award for Agriculture||Tyler||Foster|
|V Talent Award||Ruth||Walton|
|Youth Project Award||Louis||Dowse|
|Lifetime Learner Award||Maureen||Collings|
|Personal Achievement Award||Pauline||Grant|
|Students' Union Award||Ryan||O'Toole|
|STUDENT OF THE YEAR||Tanya Shires|