The achievements and successes of students from Cornwall and Devon have been celebrated at Duchy College Stoke Climsland.
This year saw five ceremonies being held across the different areas of study and guests of honour for the occasions were Colonel Bolitho, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Melanie Squires, Regional Director of the NFU South West Area, Kerrie Clark, former student who presented the certificates, prizes and special awards.
The Duke of Cornwall Award for being the best all round student was won by James Goddard, 20, from Plymouth.
James studies the Level 3 Zoo Extended Diploma and was described by Duchy College Senior Learning Advisor Mike Carnall “as an outstanding student, his attendance is at 99% with punctuality at 100%”.
“His assignment work is consistently at distinction level and he has demonstrated excellent study skills,” Mike continued.
“He has been an excellent work experience student at Dartmoor Zoo, demonstrating the same level of commitment in his practical work as he has in his academic work. James contributes well in class and also assists his peers. He is passionate about his subject and greets all tasks set of him with enthusiasm.”
James said he was “so surprised to have won this award, I couldn’t believe it”.
“The course has been brilliant, I have loved being based at Dartmoor Zoo and all the different experiences this has involved,” he continued.
“The staff have been amazing, they give 100% and go above and beyond what is expected. The help and support I have received at college has encouraged me to continue with my studies and I am going to University of Plymouth next year to study BSc (Hons) Conservation and Biology.”
The award for Best Overall Full Time student in the Agricultural Department was won by Ellie Davis, 18, from Lifton. She also won the Top Student on her course and The Worshipful Company of Farmers Award. “I’m honored to have won this award, I am not from a farming background so it was really surprising. College has been a great experience, the staff are fantastic, they have really helped and supported me. They found me a great work placement where I now work on a part time basis. Next year I am continuing my studies in agriculture at Reading University.
Following the presentations, students and their guests were invited to enjoy an array of cakes, organised by the catering team, and chat to staff about the student successes from the year as well as many final year students bidding a fond farewell to classmates and staff.
Rob Dunn, Head of site at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland said: “The past few weeks have been enormously rewarding, with the Duchy College Open Day and Summer Food Festival attracting over 4000 visitors, over 400 students attending the end of year Summer Ball and a celebration of the immense success of the students in this year’s Prize Giving ceremonies. Prize Day is a fantastic celebration of the students’ hard work, and a way for parents, carers and friends to join in the success of the students. We wish them every success in their future careers and are delighted to have helped them on their way.”