DEDICATED students were rewarded for their hard work as a town college held its 20th annual Celebration of Achievement.
Dozens of students had their academic excellence and outstanding technical skills recognised at the event, one of the highlights on Hartlepool College of Further Education’s calendar.
Students whose work has impressed tutors and college managers were rewarded as were youngsters for their superb attitude and contribution they make to life in the college.
This year’s overall winner was design student Malcolm Willett, who was named at Hartlepool College Student of the Year.
Proud Malcolm was handed his award by Chair of Governors Professor Aidan Mullan and in winning became the first design student to collect the top award since the inaugural award ceremony in 1993. It capped off a good night for Malcolm who also won the Design Student of the Year category.
The award came on the back of a fantastic year for the hard-working student who completed his Level 3 Diploma in Design alongside additional A Level study.
Forty awards were handed out to students at the celebration, covering all of the college’s provision which last year involved more than 8,500 enrolments.
Town dignitaries were joined by award sponsors, representatives from education and local and regional businesses at the event.
Master of Ceremonies on the night Andrew Steel and Principal Darren Hankey took the opportunity to congratulate all of the students and thanked the sponsors who kindly donated gifts, bursaries and vouchers to all of the winners.
Several awards were presented by the Gus Robinson Foundation. One of those, for apprentices, had more than 850 candidates and was won by JDR Cables apprentice Emily French.
Emily was also the recipient of the very first Michael Bretherick Engineering Student of the Year award, presented in honour of Mr Bretherick, who devoted 34 years to the college as principal.
The Aerospace Cadetships award, which recognises potential in the field of aeronautical engineering, went to Antonia Fawcett and Ryan Wenn while another Gus Robinson Foundation-sponsored award for Sporting Achievement was won by Matthew Davison, (right) who has excelled in the college golf team.
Other winners on the night included Sophie Thackray, Kelsey Richardson, Dee-Ann Readman, Jack Hunter, Kirsty Grigg, Ami Ford, Shelby Phillips and Robbie Hammond.