Col­lege prizes handed out at awards night

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

STU­DENTS from Hop­wood Hall Col­lege, along with their fam­ily and friends, packed out the Mid­dle­ton Arena for the col­lege’s an­nual end of year FE Awards Cer­e­mony.

Over­all, 113 progress and achieve­ment awards were given to stu­dents from 56 dif­fer­ent cour­ses with four stu­dents se­lected for the col­lege’s high­est awards hon­ours.

Plastering stu­dent Michael Mer­ron took home the Emer­son Trust Award, an award given to stu­dents who have over­come some form of ad­ver­sity and tri­umphed.

He said: “I have re­ally en­joyed my time at col­lege. I’m re­ally thank­ful for the award, it’s re­ally nice for my tu­tors to recog­nise my work like this.”

Me­dia pro­duc­tion stu­dent Karl Har­ris, from Mid­dle­ton, scooped the bronze star of the year award for, among many other eye catch­ing achieve­ments this year, help­ing cre­ate the col­lege’s pro­mo­tional video.

Karl said: “When I started this course, I had no idea how to edit, use a cam­era and how much pa­per work goes in to one pro­duc­tion, which is a lot!

“The award is a big sur­prise, but it is also proof of the ef­fort my tu­tors have put into my stud­ies.”

Busi­ness En­ter­prise Academy stu­dent Hasan Za­man picked up the sil­ver star of the year award.

His tu­tor said: “It is im­por­tant to note that, dur­ing his ex­cep­tional stud­ies, Hasan has also been busy work­ing out­side col­lege be­ing in­volved with var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups and agen­cies.

“He has also com­pleted the Duke of Ed­in­burgh to Gold level and is cur­rently men­tor­ing young peo­ple start­ing out on the D of E jour­ney.”

The gold star of the year award, the high­est award the col­lege gives to its stu­dents, was claimed by pro­fes­sional cook­ery stu­dent, Wil­liam Slater.

Speak­ing at the awards evening, Wil­liam said: “I’m re­ally chuffed to have been nom­i­nated. I re­ally love cook­ing and work­ing in the kitchen, par­tic­u­larly at the Hop­wood Hall’s River­side Restau­rant, where I feel I have grown in con­fi­dence over the last year.”

When de­scrib­ing Wil­liam’s cre­den­tials as a gold star of the year, his tu­tor Katie Allen said: “Wil­liam has demon­strated an ex­cep­tional level of progress this year and has be­come an ab­so­lutely in­valu­able source of help to his Lec­turer, Sam Everett, in the River­side Restau­rant.”

Win­ning stu­dents, guest speaker and Hop­wood staff at the awards night

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