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 12th June 2019

The York College VQ Awards, held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in York, recognised individual vocational students for their achievements, motivation and hard work during the 2018/19 academic year.

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The Awards evening began with a formal welcome by York College Chief Executive & Principal Lee Probert, followed by the presentation of VQ Student of the Year certificates and prizes by special guest Sarah Whitfield, General Manager of The Grand Hotel & Spa in York. Sarah's keynote address about her work and experience in the hospitality industry demonstrated the importance of vocational skills in the workplace.

Guest Speaker Sarah Whitfield General Mgr The Grand Hotel and SpaWEB

(Sarah Whitfield)

The Vocational Student of the Year title was awarded to Hollie Wallbank, from St Johns Catholic School for the Deaf. Despite her hearing loss, which affects all areas of communication, Hollie has excelled in her studies on the Level 2 Information and Creative Technology course, meeting every deadline and submitting excellent assignments. Hollie lives in student accommodation and travels home to Gosforth at the weekends (a 300 mile round-trip). 

Hollie Wallbank SOTY VocationalWEB

The Governor’s Award was presented to Hospitality student Luke Johnson (previously of Archbishop''s Holgates School) who was praised for his positive attitude and work ethic in the College's training restaurant; Ashfields, as well as his unwavering supports of his peers.

Luke Johnson Governors AwardWEB

Two students, Christabel Genn and Dylan Parry, were given special awards on behalf of the L.I.A.M. charity, in memory of former Music student Liam Miller. The charity provides grants to young people studying artistic subjects and to those progressing to Higher Education. Dylan is progressing onto the Level 3 Music course at York College next year and Christabel will further her studies at Edinburgh School of Art where she will study Illustration.

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York College Chief Executive & Principal, Lee Probert said: “We are exceptionally proud to be able to celebrate with our students at this annual awards ceremony. Their achievements will prepare them to progress to higher levels of study or into a range of skilled jobs. Having worked so hard to achieve their qualifications, our students will become engineers, construction workers, chefs, artists and designers, computer coders, musicians and actors, childcare professionals, hairdressers and beauticians, as well as a range of sporting and public service roles. The skills and qualifications our students have gained will ensure they contribute to our economy whilst practising their chosen vocation.”

The event concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Shirley Collier, Chair of Governors at York College.

 

 VQ Students of the Year 2019

Art & Design
Kristine Haritonova - Foundation Student of the Year
Charlie Harding - Level 3 Student of the Year
Kellie Thorne - Access Student of the Year

Business & Professional Studies
Amber Simpson - Level 3 Student of the Year
Jazmine Goldsmith - Apprentice of the Year

Construction
Daniel Simpson - Foundation Student of the Year in Brickwork
Lewis Deighton - Level 3 Student of the Year in Technical and Professional 
Patrick McBride - Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Student of the Year in Brickwork

Digital Technologies
Hollie Wallbank - Foundation Student of the Year
Tom Dungey - Level 3 Student of the Year

Early Years & Education
Hannah Lumby -  Level 2 Student of the Year
Jessica Cobb - Level 3 Student of the Year

Engineering
Charlie Nicolson- Performing Engineering Student of the Year
Campbell Thom - Manufacturing Engineering Student of the Year
Joel Jennison - Smith Apprentice Student of the Year

Foundation Maths & English
Ibu Majid - Foundation English Student of the Year
Tareq Aloush - Foundation Maths Student of the Year

Hair & Beauty
Jack Towers- Exceptional Effort Award
Matilda Austen - Level 2 Student of the Year
Emily Addison - Level 3 Student of the Year

Health & Social Care
Maisie Luckhurst - Foundation Student of the Year
Jemima Macdonald - Level 3 Student of the Year

Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Jessica Milner - Level 3 Student of the Year in Travel and Tourism
Erin Spencer - Level 3 Student of the Year in Hospitality
Cameron Freegard -Apprentice of the Year in Hospitality

General Education
Rose Altin - Foundation Student of the Year
Rowan Bentley - Level 3 Student of the Year
Jode Mai Griffiths - Outstanding Achievement Award

Music, Media & Performing Arts
Dylan Parry - Level 2 Student of the Year in Music
Madeline Campbell - Level 3 Student of the Year in Dance
Amy Watson - Most Improved Student of the Year
Sam Schoettner - Outstanding Achievement Award

Science
Reece Thirling-Galloway - Level 3 Student of the Year

Sport & Uniformed Services
Josie Holmes-Barrow - Foundation Student of the Year in Sport
Zoe Belding - Level 3 Student of the Year in Sport
Alexander Steele - Level 3 Student of the Year in Public Services

Vocational Student of the Year
Hollie Wallbank

L.I.A.M Foundation Award
Christabel Genn - Art & Design
Dylan Parry - Music, Media & Performing Arts

Governors’ Award for Outstanding Contribution
Luke Johnson

 

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