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6th July 2018

Congratulations to five York College students who have been awarded Student of the Year titles in recognition of their personal and academic achievements throughout the 2017/18 academic year.

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The Awards were presented in five categories; A Levels, Vocational, Higher Education/Adult, Foundation Maths and Foundation English, to the following students:

Vocational Student of the Year – Luke Fawcett
Luke has been an outstanding student, progressing through courses within the Digital Technologies Division, from Level 1 to Level 2 and excelling on the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT, achieving a D*D* in his first year, hoping to achieve a D*D*D* in his second year. Luke found a passion for Graphics Design and created some amazing work for his Graphics coursework assessment. He is an incredibly kind and helpful person, helping some of the overseas students at York College by teaching them English grammar and phrases. In his free time he helps at Manor CE Academy as a volunteer Teaching Assistant, supporting students with learning difficulties. Luke has shown an incredible level of maturity, responsibility and kindness that has helped him develop his own skill set and also inspire those around him. He is progressing onto the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at York College in September.

Luke Fawcett - Vocational SOTYearWEB

A Level Student of the Year - Jem Parker
Jem has been a brilliant A Level student, studying Psychology, English Literature and Textiles. Jem also produced a dissertation for the Extended Project Qualification, which was of undergraduate standard. In all subjects Jem is predicted excellent grades; in Textiles Jem’s coursework project was exemplar in all areas; research, development of ideas, practical experimentation and a fabulous final piece. In English Language Jem contributed constructively in class discussions and supported other students to develop their own ideas. Jem helped out at the College’s Taster Days and visited local schools to talk to Year 11 students about the College. Jem is a leading member of the College’s Christian Union and LGBT+ group. This summer Jem will start an internship with the Church of England’s Ministry Experience Scheme. Based in Falmouth, Jem will gain experience working with clergy leaders in the varied contexts of local churches, learning about roles within the ministry and becoming a monk.

Jem Parker - A Level SOTYearWEB

HE/Adult- Harrison Kees
Harrison studied the Foundation Degree in Computer Systems and Solution at York College. He led a successful bid for project funding from O2, enabling a group of six students to deliver an ambitious climate monitoring project in collaboration with the University of Leeds and local schools. He spent many hours during his summer vacation writing up the bid and attended a presentation in London to pitch the project to O2. A very impressive working prototype resulted from the project which involved designing and building an environmental air monitoring system to be hosted by 9 local schools. With advice and support from Leeds University, the project identifies a range of sensing device that measures key factors for air quality. Harrison’s leadership helped the group in assembling the hardware, writing the software and developing learning materials for Key Stage 3 and 4 to support the research and a website to share the data collected. Harrison is now progressing to York St John University to top up his degree in September.

Harrison Kees - HE SOTYWEB

English – Alicia Karpasea Jones
Aged just 16, Alicia is an inspiring student and studied Foundation English alongside her main programme; Performing Arts Level 2. Her dedication throughout the year has been phenomenal, going beyond her own expectations on every task, both inside and outside the classroom. Working way above her target grade Alicia worked independently to seek out ways in which she can excel her progress and stretch herself further in her studies. Her tutor says: “She has been a diamond to teach and her work has aided students in different classes throughout the year. She has brought some interesting discussions to the classroom, which has helped to stretch and challenge both herself and other students. Her enthusiasm to progress and her dedication to achieve in her studies has been inspirational.”  Alicia is progressing onto Level 3 Performing Arts (Acting) at the College in September.

Alicia Kapasea Jones - English SOTYWEB

Maths – Jordan Thackray
Jordan was home schooled and at College she started studying Maths as a shy student full of anxiety around social situations, exams and was unsure of what to expect from the York College experience. Jordan need not have been nervous as she thrived and bloomed in her studies and at the College.  Now is more confident,  has a great sense of humour and she is expected to do well in her main vocational area of Childcare, and in GCSE English and Maths. Travelling from Ripon to college, her attendance and punctuality has been exceptional. She has shown determination and a positive mind set, overcoming exam anxiety and consistently improving her maths skills. She has improved her marks so much that she is predicted a grade 4 in the summer exams. Her tutor says: “Jordan has been a pleasure to teach and to observe her maths development and her personal development has been a privilege. Jordan will be one of those students tutors will remember for a long time.”  

(Jordan was unable to attend the presentation - it is hoped a photograph will follow)

College Principal, Dr Alison Birkinshaw, presented the students with a Student of the Year trophy and prize. She said: “I congratulate our Students of the Year who are so deserving of their individual accolades. They are model students, totally committed to their studies and helpful and supportive towards their peers. They have each gone the extra mile to work well alongside their tutors and they have shown a real generosity of spirit towards the wider College community. They are now progressing to undertake further studies and theyeach have interesting and exciting futures ahead. I wish them every success as they progress to the next stage of their careers.”

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