STUDENTS from The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) have been rewarded for their outstanding achievements at this year’s Student Star Awards 2016.
Eleven awards were presented at the awards ceremony, which took place at the Eden Project to celebrate the effort and determination of students throughout the academic year from campuses in Camborne, Newquay, Saltash, St Austell, Duchy College Rosewarne and Stoke Climsland, Bicton College, and Falmouth Marine School.
This year the categories for the awards were based on The Group’s values: Can do, Caring, Celebrating, Consistent, Connected, Courageous and Creative. Each category saw three candidates shortlisted from hundreds of nominations, with the winners each receiving a trophy and £50, and the runners-up receiving a certificate of commendation and £25.
The courageous award, which was sponsored by Niddocks Ltd, was won by Tim Walker, a garden design student from the Eden Project. Tim was diagnosed with CBD in September last year, a rare condition that can cause gradually worsening problems with movement, speech, memory and swallowing.
Despite his diagnosis he has gone on to win a national competition, with a team of other students and received a standing ovation from the gathered audience. “It’s strange living the life I am living, following my diagnosis and being at the college has made it a lot easier; it’s truly great to be learning in a place like the Eden Project.
“It was always a dream to finally take my degree and I’ve made some amazing friends, not just with the students, but with the lecturers as well.”
In the other categories Joshua Black from dBs Bristol won the Creative Award, Tilly Trevillion from Camborne won the Caring Award, Kobe Marshal-Stevens from St Austell won the Consistent Award, Gemma Wickett won the Celebrating Further Education Award and The Eden Project Garden and Landscape Design Team won the Connected Award.
Rose Johnstone from Camborne won the Celebrating Higher Education Award, she was delighted: “It’s a massive surprise and lots of people said the smile on my face said it all. There are so many people at the college that do amazing things and it is nice to have an event like this to recognise them all and I’m just doing my bit.”
The other awards of the evening included; Harry Collins for Celebrating Apprentices, Jordan Giles for Celebrating Ambassadors, Bethany Waite for Can Do, Ilisa Crow won CCSU Student of The Year and Jemma Meyrick won the CCSU President’s award.
The awards were presented by Tony Woolman President of the Cornwall College Students’ Union and student Liaison Officer Nat Mitchell. Sponsors included First Kernow, Redrow Homes, Cornwall College Business, Pirate FM, Western Power Distribution, Domino’s Pizza and Cornwall College Students’ Union.
Amarjit Basi, Principal and CEO of The Cornwall College Group, said: “The Star Awards celebrate the achievements of some truly exceptional students who deserve to be recognised and show them their efforts most certainly do not go unnoticed. These students have shown themselves to be outstanding in many different ways and I know this event is a highlight on the College calendar.
“The night was a great success and I congratulate everybody who was nominated and, of course, those who won in their categories.”