Students celebrated at annual awards ceremony

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Students celebrated at annual awards ceremony

Leeds City College’s Star Awards took place on 27 June at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion.

It was a glittering evening of entertainment, motivational speeches, delicious food and above all, a celebration of the incredible achievements of Leeds City College and Keighley College students.

Presented by Capital FM’s Adam and JoJo, over 30 exceptional students received an award and were recognised for their hard work, determination, and for some, overcoming extreme adversity.

Among the rewarded students was Georgia Moore, who came to the college’s 14+ Apprenticeship Academy after being bullied at her school. She was acknowledged for her excellent work ethic, sensible influence on fellow students and regaining her confidence.

Of many deserving nominees, childcare student, Tanaya Benoni won the Principal’s Award for Overcoming Adversity. In 2017, Tanaya was diagnosed with cancer and began chemotherapy but despite this, she relentlessly persevered with her education. She is now in remission and on track for achieving her diploma.

Keighley College hosted their own awards ceremony earlier in the month and three students were selected to receive the Service Professions Student of the Year, Technology Student of the Year and Student of the Year at the Star Awards. The successful winners were Helen Holland, Brandon Kitson and Amy Thorpe respectively.

The guest of honour for the event was Educating Yorkshire’s Mr Matthew Burton, who congratulated the students on their success and urged them to continue pursuing their dreams and aspirations to make a real difference in the world.

The evening ended with a band from Leeds College of Music, who covered a number of contemporary and old school pop songs to get the guests on the dance floor.

A huge thank you to the sponsors of the event; Leeds United, Capital FM, aql, C Learning, Smoothwall, NorthInvest, DePuy, East Street Arts, Yorkshire Mafia, Enjoy Digital, AC Entertainment, CACHE and Airedale Shopping Centre.