Outstanding students honoured

On the same day that Angus College celebrated its final batch of graduates a handful of outstanding students were also recognised.

At the Webster Memorial Theatre on Friday afternoon Angus College principal John Burt presented the Cross College Awards recognising the outstanding contributions of students, including three from our area.

The main award winners on the stage at the last Angus College graduation ever on Friday.

The main award winners on the stage at the last Angus College graduation ever on Friday.

Receiving the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Contribution was Arbroath student Tatiana Zorina. As well as carrying out her studies she set up a translation service for her fellow English for Speakers of Other Languages students, became a multicultural student officer, a student representative on the Angus College Board, volunteered at the college nursery, and took a job with the college as a learner engagement support assistant. Mr Burt said: “In the past three years Tatiana has engaged hundreds of students in college life, raised hundreds of pounds for charity and represented the student body professionally.”

The SQA Award for Best overall Student Contribution and Outstanding Achievement was presented to Dede Steele from Arbroath.

Mature student Dede overcame health issues and a demanding home life to gain five Higher passes, including two As and gain entry into the HNC Administration and Information Technology course.

Mr Burt said: “Her success is due to her resilience and perseverance and Dede richly deserves the Scottish Qualifications Authority Award.”

Letham student Rory Collins received the Norman Fraser Design Trust Engineering Award. As a result of his academic achievement Rory has been accepted for an apprenticeship with Oilwell Varco.

Mr Burt said: “Rory now looks forward to gaining his full Engineering qualification, working offshore as a service engineer and travelling the world. An exemplar to other students.”