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Super students get their reward at awards ceremony

16 May 2024

SUPER students who have impressed tutors, employers and the wider community alike were honoured at Middlesbrough College’s Student of the Year Awards 2024.

A total of 36 awards for teenage and adult learners were handed out at a ceremony at the College attended by students, friends and family as well as staff and employers.

Categories covered a wide range of studies across sectors including health and social care, construction, engineering and fashion, spanning age ranges from 16 to adult and with awards sponsored by a host of leading businesses and organisations across the Tees Valley, including Caspar Group, Sembcorp Energy UK, Unity Trust Bank and many more.

Taking home the top prizes for overall student of the year (16-18 years old) and overall student of the year (adult) were William Laird and Jessica Schneider respectively.

William, who was also named Construction Student of the Year, was commended for “consistently demonstrating unwavering commitment, resilience and an unyielding pursuit of excellence”.

The T-level electrical student also recently won the regional inter-college electrical competition, which award judges said “left employers and judges alike in admiration of his skills”.

William, from Yarm, was also praised for making a difference to communities outside the classroom with his involvement in Botton Village Greenhouse and the Whitby Christmas Market.

Judges concluded: “From perfect attendance to impeccable standards of work in our workshops, he has set the bar high for his peers.”

Adult Student of the Year Jessica Schneider, who was also named Childcare Adult Learner of the Year, was praised for overcoming barriers as she juggles family and full-time work with her studies on a Level 4 Advanced Practitioner course in Early Years.

Judges said: “Jess’ attitude to learning is remarkable and even when she feels she cannot continue she is resilient and always finds a way to overcome any challenge that she faces with positivity and determination.

“Jess is an asset to the L4 Advanced Practitioner group and her knowledge, skills and behaviours shine through within class discussions and have supported her to develop in her role in an Early Settings.

“Jess has a bright future ahead of her in the Early Years sector and is the definition of ‘I can do it’.”

The full list of winners at the 2024 Student of the Year Awards was as follows:

  • Applied Science Student of the Year – Joe Richardson
  • A-level Student of the Year – Rebecca Mewse
  • Business and Professional Adult Learner of the Year – Ekaterina Verner
  • Catering and Hospitality Student of the Year – Catherine Evans
  • Catering and Hospitality Adult Learner of the Year – Ivaylo Georgiev Cholakov
  • Childcare Student of the Year – Tristan Baker
  • Childcare Adult Learner of the Year – Jessica Schneider
  • Construction Student of the Year – William Laird
  • Construction Adult Learner of the Year – Darrin Knight
  • Creative Arts Student of the Year – Grace Wheatley
  • MC Digital Student of the Year – Thomas Ealand
  • Engineering Student of the Year – Joel Routh
  • Engineering Adult Learner of the Year – David Garland
  • TTE Student of the Year – Zac  Cessford
  • Fashion Communications Student of the Year – Lola Crook
  • Hair and Beauty Student of the Year – Ellie Robertson
  • Hair and Beauty Adult Learner of the Year – Sam Stokes
  • Health and Social Care Student of the Year – Freya Hollinshead 
  • Health and Social Care Adult Learner of the Year – Marc Francis
  • Motor Vehicle Student of the Year – Hammish Spittal
  • Music Technology and Practice Student of the Year – Chloe Milne
  • Performing Arts and Theatre Operations Student of the Year – Rahmona Hartley
  • Public Services Student of the Year – Le-Roy Ayitey
  • Sport and Leisure Student of the Year – Lauren Taylor
  • Sport and Leisure Adult Learner of the Year – Sinead Hynes
  • Travel, Tourism and Aviation Student of the Year – Charlie Norman
  • Access to HE Student of the Year – Avery Maddison
  • Inclusive Learning Student of the Year – Ross Brudenell Trowsdale
  • Vocational Steps Student of the Year – Mariam Kakooza
  • ESOL Student of the Year 16-18 – Oleksii Baran
  • ESOL Student of the Year 19+ – Selamawit Negash
  • Adult & Community Learning Student of the Year – Bala Quadiri
  • Above and Beyond Award – Alyssa Agaimwonyi
  • Overall Student of the Year (16-18) – William Laird
  • Overall Student of the Year (adult) – Jessica Schneider

Zoe Lewis, Principal and CEO at Middlesbrough College Group, said: “We are fortunate to be home to thousands of amazing students across so many different fields who all have their own story to tell.

“As a result, it takes truly exceptional performance to be singled out for these awards so our winners deserve all the plaudits which have come their way. “The awards evening is always an inspiring event and we are very grateful to all our employer partners for sponsoring the individual awards and for helping our award

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