Courageous Student Honoured at College Awards

21 December 2016 | College News, Hair & Beauty

Courageous Student - Abigail Ashton

Local woman Abigail Ashton, 38, took home two awards at City College Plymouth’s autumn Student of the Term celebration.

The Student of the Term Awards recognise and reward students who are making a positive contribution to their course, the College or the local community. There is an overall winner for each of the College’s curriculum areas, and these are all put forward for three further, special awards: the Principal’s Award, the Governors’ Award and the Students’ Union Award.

Abigail was honoured with both the Hair and Beauty Student of the Term, and the Principal’s Award, for her continued strength, perseverance and determination despite personal challenges this year.

Mark Trewin, Director of Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries, said: “Abigail is such a positive individual despite the difficulties she has faced this year. Her husband suffered a life-changing motorcycle accident that left her juggling a lot of responsibilities.  She manages to handle being a full-time student, run the family home, look after her husband and care for her two children.

Her hardworking attitude and perseverance are truly admirable. I am pleased to be able to reward her efforts with this award; she is a real asset to the College.”

On receiving her award, Abigail said, “I am so pleased just to be considered for an award let alone win two; to be recognised in this way is very humbling. It hasn’t been easy, but I love my course and studying at the College. Having my studies to focus on during this difficult time has really helped to ground me and keep me moving forward.”

Held in PL1, the College’s training restaurant, the awards evening was attended by each of the 15 Student of the Term winners and their families, their nominating lecturers, College staff and Governors.

For information on all courses and study options, the College is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 29 April, 10.00am to 1.00pm, at Kings Road. To find out more, please visit our events page or call 01752 305300.

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