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Industrious Student Wins Big at College Celebration
Sophie Brown, 19, from Hartley Vale, was awarded both the Business and Enterprise Student of the Year and the special Enterprise Award, sponsored by Plymouth University, at City College’s annual awards ceremony.
She was presented with the awards at the celebration event, which rewards students who are actively participating in their course, the College or the local community.
Teresa Gardner, Director of Business, Hospitality, Care and Science, said: “It was a real delight to honour Sophie’s commitment with a Student of the Year Award. As one of our business students who had the opportunity to take up a work experience placement with MVV Energie in Germany, Sophie has shown a great flair for team leadership and a mature and professional approach to living and working abroad. She is a great role model and a real advocate of what the right attitude and work ethic can achieve.”
Sophie received the Enterprise Award in recognition of her enthusiasm and hardworking attitude both in and outside of the classroom. Sophie takes every, and any, opportunity placed in front of her whilst continuing to achieve amazing grades. In September, she will be progressing on to the Extended Diploma in Business, with the ultimate goal of pursuing a career in finance.
The Enterprise Award was sponsored by Plymouth University and presented by Deputy Dean of Academic Partnerships, Professor Paul Brunt, who said: “When selecting a winner for the Enterprise Award, the University wanted to recognise a young person who had taken advantage of all the opportunities education can offer to prepare you for the world of business. Sophie was a very deserving recipient and I’m sure will go far in her financial career.”
Sophie said: “I was really shocked when they said my name for the Enterprise Award – I couldn’t believe it! My first year studying business has been more than I ever expected, with visiting Germany and everything else at the College. I’m really proud to have won.”
In total, 16 awards were presented to students by Phil Davies, Principal of City College. Six special awards – sponsored by local organisations – were presented for: Community (The Herald); Employability (Plymouth Citybus); Enterprise (Plymouth University); Equality and Diversity (Livewell SouthWest); Opportunity (University of St Mark and St John); and Student Voice (Radio Plymouth).
The event was held in PL1, the College’s restaurant, and those invited were served by current Hospitality and Catering students. The awards evening was attended by each of the Student of the Year winners and their families, their nominating lecturers, College staff and Governors, and representatives from the six sponsoring organisations.
City College Plymouth would like to thank all award sponsors and also those employers who have supported students on courses at the College.