Top students given recognition of work
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.