Students of the Year
Each month York College students from Adult Learning / Higher Education, the A Level Faculty, Vocational and English and Maths divisions are selected as 'Students of the Month', due to their outstanding individual achievements. The winners are presented with a voucher by the Principal, and at the end of the academic year one Student of the Month from each category is awarded 'Student of the Year' titles.
Student of the Year 2016
York College has awarded Student of the Year titles to four students studying Higher (HE) and Further Education (FE) programmes.
A Level Student of the Year – Callum Moran
Formerly of Snaith School, Goole, Callum studied A Levels in Government & Politics, Economics, Law and Maths and has an offer to study Law at Cambridge University. Recently he asked a question on the BBC’s Question Time programme and had his essay on Raising the Current Age of Legal Responsibility published in the Ebor Lex (York Uni’s Law Society Magazine). Callum also submitted a superb Extended Project Qualification on International Law. His tutors say he has been fully committed to all aspects of College life and a pleasure to teach.
Vocational Student of the Year – Amy Mook
Formerly of Joseph Rowntree School, Amy studied the Level 3 Employability, Training and Personal Development, General Education programme. Amy worked hard on her course, even completing an Extended Project Qualification. She also supported others outside of College and was awarded three Lord Mayor of York Shine Awards (for Volunteering activities and being named a Community Champion). Amy volunteered much of her time and supported the City of York Council (CYC) by sharing her knowledge about Looked After Children. She is the Vice Chair of the CYC panel for Children in Care and has delivered training sessions at national conferences, as well as delivering training to York College staff on ‘Speak up and hear my voice’. Amy also volunteers for the Royal Volunteer Services, delivering library books to people who cannot access them.
Adult Student of the Year - Leanne Willoughby
Leanne has studied the Access to Healthcare course and came to College to follow her dreams of becoming a nurse. Through adversity she has continued on the course with high attendance. Throughout the year she also supported the college; volunteering for open events. She has been an exceptional ambassador for the Access course and the Health & Social Care Division.
Functional Skills Student of the Year – Jami Belile
Formerly of Stockton Riverside College, Jami studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care and GCSE Maths. Alongside her main programme, Jami found studying GCSE maths very challenging and lacked confidence - she did not particularly enjoy the subject. Over the year Jami worked incredibly hard, demonstrating an excellent attitude to learning and through sheer hard work and effort she managed to turn her studies around, so much so that she now understands concepts quickly and admits to enjoying maths.
Having completed her course of study at York College Jami was unfortunately unable to attend the Student of the Year presentation ceremony.
College Principal, Alison Birkinshaw presented the students with a trophy. She said: "I am delighted to award Student of the Year titles to these really outstanding students. Each one of them has an exceptional reason to win this accolade. Whilst at the College they have been positive role models and have embraced every opportunity. They have worked well with their tutors, accepted any support needed and in turn they have supported their peers. They have shown enthusiasm, positivity and generosity and will undoubtedly go on to achieve wonderful things in the future.”