The College of Further Education has held its annual awards events, announcing the various subject and special award winners from across all areas of its training provision.
One student from each faculty was named as an overall faculty winner, while other students were given more specific awards, all presented by special guests from Guernsey.
The week long series culminated in the 2018 Summer Ball held at St Pierre Park on Friday, where Bruno Andrade (pictured top) was named the College student of the year. He has been studying Level two ICT and is looking to progress to Level three next year, and despite English not being his first language, he "tries and tries again to complete his studies until he gets it right". (The remainder of the awards can be found below)
"'It was a fabulous week celebrating such a wide range of student achievements. Winners have been selected on a range of criteria - course performance, overcoming challenges, levels of dedication and effort - and we are incredibly proud of them all," Louise Misselke, the College's Principal, said.
"These awards events are a perfect way of acknowledging and celebrating these achievements and I would also like to thank all our students for their hard work and all our staff for their support and dedication. Of course thanks must also go to all guest speakers and members of the business community who have attended and supported us throughout the week."
Pictured: Deputy Barry Brehaut with the winning access students.
Local entrepreneur turned record-breaking high-speed driver Zef Eisenberg (pictured top) was presenting the awards for Faculty C - engineering & construction. He gave a presentation before hand about his recent record breaking run at the Penine Sands in Wales, where he broke the 200mph mark on sand for the first time.
He told the students that never giving up was the key to his successes: "I have a few GCSEs, not a degree in anything - you guys can really do anything you go for if you never throw in the towel. Life is full of stumbling blocks, you just have to be able to pick yourself up and try again".
Speaking about his MADMAX race team, he said it took them years to reach their goals, but that made it all the more worth it.
"Just remember that there is nothing you cant do if you tell yourself you cant, If I want to do something, ill find a way to do it, and that is how I approach all of my projects."
One example Mr Eisenberg pointed to was his jet bike - he said he had applied for a jet turbine from Rolls - Royce but they turned him down, so he took his team away to spend a month training on helicopter turbines in the UK, and when he applied again with the qualifications he had gained, he was given the turbine. Soon after, he was presenting his modified turbine on a Rolls Royce stand at a motoring show.
The rest of the College's awards are below:
Overall winner - James Strang (working at Hillstone Guernsey)
2. Faculty A – Creative & Digital Arts, Hospitality & Catering, Performing Arts and Hair & Beauty
Overall Faculty A winner - Eleanor Banfield
3. Faculty B - Business, Business Admin, IT & Computing
Overall Faculty B winner – Bruno Andrade
4. Access Students
Overall Access Student of the Year - Xander Garnham
5. Faculty C – Engineering & Construction
Overall Faulty C Student of the Year- Sammy Archenoul (pictured top)
6. Faculty D – Sport, Health & Social Care, Early Year, Public Services
Overall Faculty D winner – Luke Hill
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