Students from Barnsley College were acknowledged for their outstanding achievements at the seventh annual Barnsley College Excellence Awards.

The awards ceremony, held at Barnsley Metrodome, saw a total of 27 awards presented, including awards for each college department and cross college awards such as Apprentice of the Year, Adult Learner of the Year, Youth Achievement and Youth Progress.

On the night the Overall Achievement award was presented to one student selected from all those who won an award during the evening and this year’s overall winner was 18-year-old Laura-Jane Mirfin, of Hollinswood Grove, Cudworth.

Laura, who is an Electrical Engineering student, was the winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award and impressed the judges with her dedication and enthusiasm. She has become an outstanding ambassador for Engineering, volunteering at events, attending open days and founding the society ‘Girlineers’ inspiring other female learners in Engineering.

In her nomination, Tutorial Team Leader Chellé-Jay Charlesworth said: “Laura is a learner representative, helps to peer mentor other learners and wants to return to college to talk to female Engineering students when she leaves for university. She is an inspiration.”

Guests enjoyed a three-course meal, prepared by Glorious Catering, at the sponsored event and were entertained by students from the Media, Music and Performance department and Barnsley Sixth Form College, including Barnsley Community Choir, musicians, singers, dancers and an acoustic rock band.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr John Foster MBE, the Managing Director of multi award winning Fosters Bakery, a family-owned business since 1952. John gave a passionate speech about ambition and encouraged the students to be proud of their roots.

John said: “I was thrilled to be asked to speak as I am passionate about Barnsley. These students are our upcoming workers, they will be cutting our hair, erecting our buildings and teaching our children and grandchildren; I am convinced that some of the inspirational students we saw tonight will become the pioneers of the future.”

Barnsley College Principal Colin Booth said: “As always, our awards evening was a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing achievements of our students over the past year. This event is always one of the highlights of the year and it is thanks to the kind support of our sponsors that it is made possible. This will be my last Excellence Awards before I leave Barnsley College, but as ever I am proud to be Principal of such a dynamic and high-achieving college and this ceremony provides a fitting tribute to those students who go above and beyond in their studies and in college life.”

The event was made possible through the kind support of many local and national businesses including Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce; ASOS UK; BAM Construction; Barnsley Chronicle; Barnsley Council, Barnsley Premier Leisure; Bond Bryan Architects; Blackford Sports; City & Guilds; Ellisons; Glorious Catering; JCI Barnsley; Holiday Inn Barnsley; HK Projects; Osborne Technologies; Net Natives; Premdor; South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Sun Healthcare, Turner and Townsend, and University Campus Barnsley.

Last updated: 7th July 2015

Originally posted on: 7th July 2015