Top stu­dents given recog­ni­tion of work

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

HIGH-achiev­ing stu­dents study­ing a range of sub­jects at TAFE had their hard work recog­nised at Tues­day night’s an­nual Sun­rise Ro­tary Stu­dent of the Year Awards.

The event be­gan in 1997 and was es­tab­lished to recog­nise the achieve­ments and com­mu­nity com­mit­ment of top-rank­ing TAFE stu­dents.

TAFE’s com­pli­ance project of­fi­cer, Cor­rie McColl, said that to be el­i­gi­ble, stu­dents must com­plete their stud­ies in the year of the awards.

“The se­lec­tion cri­te­ria in­cludes com­mit­ment to help­ing in the com­mu­nity, sac­ri­fice made to­wards study and com­mit­ment to their cho­sen ca­reer,” he said.

“The teach­ers also pro­vide com­ment about their stu­dent’s achieve­ment and per­for­mance in the class­room.”

Mr McColl said the Sun­rise Ro­tary awards cer­ti­fi­ca­tion was a great hon­our for stu­dents and rep­re­sented a high level of com­mit­ment to their cho­sen field of study.

“Sun­rise Ro­tary award re­cip­i­ents gain an edge in the job mar­ket by hav­ing this pres­ti­gious award on their re­sume and past win­ners have gone on to do great things,” he said.

Four cat­e­gory win­ners were awarded a plaque and $100 prize money at the awards cer­e­mony.

Bran­don Nor­ton, who won the Di­ploma Stu­dent of the Year, is a busi­ness di­ploma stu­dent who also works at the Broth­ers Sports Club PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN260716BROTHERS1 with the am­bi­tion to climb the man­age­ment ranks.

He said his jour­ney at TAFE had been a mix­ture of chal­lenges and learn­ing curves that had ul­ti­mately set him up for a bright fu­ture.

“I am con­stantly want­ing to get fur­ther in my cho­sen ca­reer and man­age­ment is the ul­ti­mate goal,” he said. “In fact, just yes­ter­day I was made bar su­per­vi­sor.”

The 21-year-old said he was pleas­antly sur­prised to find out his hard work had been recog­nised at the TAFE awards.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to re­ceive an award,” he said. “When I got the phone call about it I wanted to jump around a lit­tle bit. I was pretty stoked.”

Bran­don was joined by awardees Kayla Wit­tle­ton for Indige­nous Stu­dent of the Year and Vanessa McIn­tyre for Cer­tifi­cate Stu­dent of the Year.

Over­all win­ner Matthew Ma­her is an au­to­mo­tive ap­pren­tice who won the award for demon­strat­ing su­pe­rior lev­els of knowl­edge in his field. His name will be en­graved on the TAFE Stu­dent of the Year hon­our board which is dis­played at Bund­aberg cam­pus of TAFE Queens­land East Coast.

CA­REER GOALS: Broth­ers Sports Club is the work­place of Bran­don Nor­ton, who has just won a TAFE award.

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