Hartlepool’s bright young minds recognised in student awards

Angela Leonard, who was named Overall Student of the Year at the Hartlepool College Awards.

Angela Leonard, who was named Overall Student of the Year at the Hartlepool College Awards.

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Some of the brightest young minds in Hartlepool have seen their outstanding work recognised.

Hartlepool College of Further Education held its annual Celebration of Achievement Awards.

Keiran Burnett, winner of the Gus Robinson Aerospace Cadetship.

Keiran Burnett, winner of the Gus Robinson Aerospace Cadetship.

The best student from each sector was rewarded for their work, and third year hairdressing student Angela Leonard was voted overall Student of the Year.

She won the award after being voted for by a panel of governors and senior managers, thanks to her achievements in her studies, at skills events and in her successful salon.

Darren Hankey, principal at the college, said: “The calibre of students recognised at the Celebration of Achievement ceremony was truly amazing, and a clear testament to what Hartlepool College of FE does to help transform the lives of young people and adults alike.”

It was the 22nd annual celebration, and was attended by students, as well as families, friends, staff and sponsors, including PR firm Publicity Seekers and Tata Steel.

The calibre of students recognised at the ceremony was truly amazing

Darren Hankey

Over 50 awards were presented, and also there was guest of honour Savannah Marshall, the Hartlepool boxer who is the former world and current Commonwealth women’s middlewight champion. The former Hartlepool college student has been mentoring Shelby Brazell, of Hartlepool Elite Boxing Club, who picked up the Sporting Achievement Award at the ceremony.

Former principal Michael Bretherick presented an award in his name to Dan Fox, who was named both Engineering Student of the Year and recipient of the Jaap Kroese Scholarship.

Mr Bretherick is now chief executive of the Gus Robinson Foundation, who sponsored the college awards, and handed Aerospace Cadet Scholarships to Alisha McNamee and Keiran Burnett.

He said: “Engineering has always been of high importance to me, and this college has a proud tradition of producing first-class engineering students and apprentices.

Sporting Achievement Award winner Shelby Brazil with fellow boxer Savannah Marshall, who was guest of honour.

Sporting Achievement Award winner Shelby Brazil with fellow boxer Savannah Marshall, who was guest of honour.

“I am delighted in my role with the Gus Robinson Foundation that I can continue to support this.”

Daniel Fox, Engineering Student of the Year and recipient of the Jaap Froese Scholarship, with his proud dad Bobby.

Daniel Fox, Engineering Student of the Year and recipient of the Jaap Froese Scholarship, with his proud dad Bobby.

Firefighter Dugald Donachie, winner of the Public Services Award.

Firefighter Dugald Donachie, winner of the Public Services Award.