Hugh Baird College Award Winning Students 2018

Hugh Baird College recently held their Student Awards Evening at the College’s new South Sefton Campus in Litherland. The annual event celebrates the success of students, recognising them for their hard work and commitment. Twenty-five students who have worked spectacularly hard throughout their journey’s with the college were awarded for their continuous achievements.

Award winners, their guests, college governors and staff were joined by this year’s guest speaker Jeff Pearce. Jeff is a local entrepreneur who has had a roller-coaster career, overcoming a variety of challenges. He gave a motivational speech that highlighted the ups and downs of the business world, preparing students for their next steps after college.

As well as presenting Student of the Year Awards for each curriculum area, there were five special awards announced. These included the likes of the Jim Brown Award for Personal development, which is named after one of the colleges previous governors and is always awarded to a student that has excelled inside and outside of college. This award was won by Adam Jackson who not only achieved a D*D*D* in his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services, he was one of the first students to receive a prestigious promotion from Cadet to Lance Corporal in the College’s Army Combined Cadet Force. Adam worked hard to multi-task his dedication to his course and the Cadet Force whilst volunteering as a Kayak and Water Sport Instructor also.

The Taylor Prize is another prestigious award the college offers, which is awarded to a student who has overcome personal difficulties, achieved outstanding results and is progressing on to Higher Education. This award comes with a cash prize which is donated from a fund set up by Arthur and Joyce Taylor in recognition of the contributions to the Communities of Bootle and Sefton. The winner of this award was Samhilda McGonigle, who performed outstandingly well on her Level 3 Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Make-up Artistry. After having a successful and exciting journey at Hugh Baird College, she successfully gained a place at Manchester University to continue her passion for Make-Up Artistry.

The evening also gave the college an opportunity to donate to Mr. Pearce’s chosen charity MacMillan Cancer Support. The sum of £250 was donated to the charity on behalf of the staff and students of Hugh Baird College.

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Full list of award winners 2018:

Creative Arts - Lauren Turner
Digital and Science - Aaron McGuinness
Travel and Tourism - Michelle Doolan
Health, Social and Childcare - Dillon Ball
Sport, Public Services and Outdoor Education - Kieran Brown
Business and Accounting - Kieran Westhead
Foundation Learning - Charlie Holt
Learning for Life and Thornton College - Jason Fitzpatrick
Access to Higher Education - Michelle Hollinrake
Construction and The Built Environment - Kelly Hoan
Wet Trades - Lee Patterson
Engineering and Building Services - Callum Scorgie
Motor Vehicle Technology - Deborah Moore
L20 Hotel School - Michelle Heffey
Hair and Beauty - Hayley Robinson
Apprentice of The Year - Katie Robinson
English for Speakers of Other Languages - Bahman Shabestari
16 - 18 Maths and English - Laurence Bushell-Whitehead
19+ Maths and English - Zsolt Juhasz
A-levels - Curtis Winter
14 – 16 College - Jade Franklin
Outstanding Achievement Award - Patricia Kerr
Jim Brown Award for Personal Development - Adam Jackson
Award for Excellence in Work Placement - Jillian Matsa
Colin Appleton Award for Excellence - Sean Manley
Taylor Prize - Samhilda McGonigle

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