A TEENAGER with her eye on an engineering job in Formula One has joined an elite group of top business performers after scooping her latest award.
Anna Ebblewhite was among those to collect titles in the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, with the 16-year-old from Shotton Colliery picking up the Young Engineering Student trophy.
Judges said she impressed them with her performance during her work placement with British Energy’s base in Hartlepool, with the award following on from previous international, national and regional accolades.
Her title was sponsored by Rolls Royce, and Anna was a student at St Bede’s in Peterlee and is now studying at its Byron Sixth Form College.
She said: “I would like to think that my situation can encourage girls to become engineers and to break the stereotype that girls don’t belong in engineering, because they do, I’m a female, and also a successful engineering student.
Headteacher Paul McKenna added: “The school is always delighted when our students gain such prestigious awards.
“Throughout her school life, Anna has proved to be an excellent role model and we are confident that when she completes her graduate and post-graduate work, she will achieve even greater successes and be one of our most coveted alumni.
“The whole school community send their best wishes and congratulations to her.”
Anna will now go forward to compete against other regional winners from across the UK in EEF’s National Awards final in London January.