Paralympic Athlete inspired by Students at Awards Ceremony

The annual ‘Celebrating Achievement Awards’ event for students at Aylesbury College was held last week (Monday 16 June) at Waddesdon Manor. Over 17 awards, representing each College course area, recognised outstanding student success in the 2013/14 academic year for all round achievement, teamwork and accomplishment in the face of adversity. Winners of the Awards, which have been running for several years, were nominated by their Tutors and Curriculum Managers.

This year’s Awards were presented by double winter Paralympic skiing athlete, Anna Turney, who said: “What an honour it was to meet these high achieving young people. Well done to all the winners – they were truly inspiring.”

Kirsty Wheatley won the overall ‘Student of the Year Award’. She was selected because of her sustained energy and effort over three years, as well as always exceeding expectations. While on work experience, her Tutors commented on her fantastic attitude, her ability to communicate effectively with children, parents and colleagues and her willingness to carry out any task. Kirsty said: “I feel very privileged to have won not only the ‘Student of the Year for Health & Early Years’ but to have won the ‘Overall Student of the Year Award’. I have really liked going to Aylesbury College and would like to thank all of my tutors who have supported me. The awards evening was very special and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

Having completed her course, Kirsty will be starting work in a nursery at the end of June.