Resilience Rewarded at College Celebration

18 July 2016 | Access to HE & GCSEs, College News

Resilience - Catriona Kelch - Student of the Year Award winner

Local woman Catriona Kelch, 22, took home two awards at City College’s annual Student of the Year celebration.

She was honoured for her continued strength and for overcoming obstacles placed in her way with both the Access to Higher Education Student of the Year and the special Community Award, sponsored by the Herald.

Mark Trewin, Director of Creative, Cultural & Digital Industries, said: “Cat is an example of someone who obliterates the barriers and limitations that may hold others back, and her perseverance in achieving her goals is truly admirable. Overcoming poor health and personal issues to complete her course shows just how driven and capable she is. I am pleased to be able to reward her efforts with this award and believe she will go on to even greater things at university. Well done, Cat.”

Triumphing against adversity, Catriona – known as Cat by her friends – battled poor health and personal issues and has succeeded in her studies with the offer of a place at Exeter University to study Mechanical Engineering. The University have waived her tuition fees for the full three years of the degree programme, in recognition of her commitment and aptitude.

Paul Burton, Editor of the Herald, presented the Community Award to Catriona. He said: “Cat has made some remarkable achievements over the past few years in the face of adversity. We were so impressed with Cat’s placement at Exeter University and would like to wish her all the luck in the world for her mechanical engineering course – we are sure the future is bright for Cat.”

Catriona said: “Receiving this award has been a major boost to my self-esteem because it acknowledges all the hard work I put in overcoming my personal challenges. I’d like to thank the whole Access to HE team, especially my lecturers and learning support, for pulling me and my course mates through this tough year. We could not have done it without them.”

City College’s Student of the Year event awards exceptional students who have positively contributed to their course, the College or the local community. Winners were joined by their course lecturers, family and friends to celebrate their success.

Sixteen awards were presented by the College’s Curriculum Directors, with six special awards – sponsored by local organisations – 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 popular restaurant, with a special menu prepared and served by hospitality and catering students.

City College Plymouth would like to thank all award sponsors and also those employers who have supported students on courses at the College.

For more information about Access to HE at the College, come down to the Course Information Drop-in on Wednesday 3 August, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, at Kings Road, or visit events for more information or call 01752 305300. Alternatively learn about City College on-the-go by downloading the app, available on all iOS and Android devices.

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