Students awarded for overcoming adversity

Students awarded for overcoming adversity

Star Awards 2017 (L-R Colin Sharp, Vice President of Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn, Donald Thompson, President and Benjamin Speck)

The Shrewsbury Colleges Group Equality & Diversity Committee has recognised students who have overcome adversity for the fourth year running through the ‘Star Awards’.

Adversity takes many forms and the Awards were open to any student (including Higher Education) or apprentices across the Group, who has faced a difficult or unpleasant situation this year and has overcome obstacles and risen to challenges life has presented.

This year’s Star Awards event has been generously sponsored by Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn. Kerry Ferguson, Rotary Club member, attended the selection panel along with Governor Christina Gore and members of the E&D Committee. Together, they had the difficult task of selecting an overall winner from a strong list of nominations. Everyone involved was overwhelmed with the determination, drive and courage of the students nominated and would like to thank those who took the time to make the nominations.

At the Star Awards afternoon tea in Origins at Shrewsbury College, College Governors along with Don Thompson, President, and Colin Sharp, Vice President, of Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn, presented certificates and prizes to all nominees and the trophy to our overall Star, Benjamin Speck.

Benjamin, 17 from Shrewsbury said: “I was really surprised to have even been nominated, let alone win the overall award. My confidence has increased thanks to the College and I’d like to thank all the teachers for all their support, help and encouragement.”

Gill Cox, Colleges Group Lead for Equality & Diversity said: “When considering these awards, we were absolutely overwhelmed with the bravery, determination, courage and positive spirit of all the nominees. I’d like to congratulate Ben as our overall winner – we are delighted with his performance and progress at College.”

In addition to the prizes and impressive trophy, Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn have donated funds to enable the College to purchase two Reader Pens to support students in their learning and exams across all campuses. Special thanks goes to all who contributed to this worthwhile event.

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About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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