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Borders College student success recognised by Regional Board

Borders College Regional Board recently invited student competition entrants and winners to an end-of-term awards ceremony, in recognition of their success throughout the academic year.

The students were asked to attend the Curriculum and Quality Committee meeting and speak to members about the successes in their respective fields, and how this helped benefit their studies.

The entrants and winners were each presented with a certificate and goody bag by Regional Board Chairman Tony Jakimciw and Assistant Principal Heather Anderson.

Award winners:

For their efforts at the finals of the Association of Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists (AHT) competition, held in March this year, Zoey Grahame (Level 3 Hairdressing), Brittany Barnes (Level 2 Hairdressing), Cheryl Johnstone (Level 1 Hairdressing), Claire Boyle (Level 1 Hairdressing) and Baillie Steele (HNC Fashion Make Up) were all commended on their efforts.

Connie Lothian and Chloe Thomson (Level 2 Beauty Therapy) were both praised for their recent success at the Beauty Therapy World Skills competition, which saw them qualify for the next round, being held at New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus in June this year.

Amy Park (Modern Apprentice SVQ 3 Mixed Farming) was acknowledged for being the overall winner of Lantra Scotland’s prestigious Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year award, and also for being one of four who won the Council for Awards of Agricultural Societies (CARAS) award. This was held at the Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro in March this year.

Ann Letham (NVQ III Diploma in Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking)) and Billy Ewart (HNC Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management), were congratulated on being the overall winners of the Field to Fork 2018 competition, held at the Scottish Parliament at the start of the year.

For the Valleluja Enduro race, held at Glentress back in March this year, Ben Balfour (Level 6 in Sport Mountain Biking) received a certificate for winning the first major enduro race of the year.

Karra Laing, Ben Balfour, Tom Hildred and Angus Fraser (Level 6 in Sport Mountain Biking) were all awarded certificates for their efforts at the Strathpuffer event, held in January of this year, which saw the foursome winning the Mixed Quad category.

Jenny Adams (HND Year 2 Coaching & Developing Sport) was congratulated by the committee on her coaching achievements. As Head Swimming Coach, Jenny mentored Beth Johnston (Galashiels Amateur Swimming Club), who went on to take part in the Paralympic Games and Paralympic World Series.

Keira Waddell (HN in Coaching & Developing Sport) was praised for taking first place in the Athletic Discipline of Javelin (Girls category) 2018 School Games, held at Loughborough University.

For gaining selection to the Scotland U20s rugby squad, Will Owen (HND Year 2 Coaching & Developing Sport) was congratulated on his efforts.

Tony Jakimciw commented:

“The effort the students have put in to these competitions has been exceptional. The Curriculum and Quality Committee recognised this, and we were delighted to welcome them to our meeting to show our appreciation. We believe that taking part in these events is an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their skills, which reflects the high standards of education delivered at Borders College. Congratulations to all the students involved.”

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