Academic excellence is no hurdle for students


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

OLYMPIC silver medallist Colin Jackson helped celebrate the academic success of students at an awards ceremony.

The two-time World and Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles champion, who also took silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, presented students with their awards at Deeside College.

The ceremony celebrated the achievements of learners from across the college’s four sites which include Deeside College, Coleg Llysfasi, Northop College and Wrexham Training.

Jackson, a former world record holder who now works as a television presenter, gave an inspirational speech to the students, many of whom are now moving on to university.

David Jones, principal and chief executive of the Deeside College Group of Colleges said: “The awards ceremony highlights the excellent achievements and accomplishments so many of our students have made over the past year.

“Many of our award winners are now moving on to university, jobs and apprenticeships where they will use the skills and experiences they have developed.

“We are very grateful to Colin Jackson for presenting the awards, his inspirational speech and for making every one of our award winners feel so special.”

All of the award winners had individual inspiring stories behind their successes which included attaining high levels of academic achievement, succeeding in difficult personal circumstances, balancing college commitments with an abundance of voluntary and community duties, or returning to college for a change of career.

Among the winners was Johnathon Keary, 19, from Saughall, Chester who collected two awards for sports student of the year and the special award for academic excellence. 

Johnathon has gained numerous awards while at Deeside College including the community sports leader award and Dragon Sports organiser award.

He is working towards a higher sports leader award and is actively involved with the Millennium Volunteers 200 Hours Award of Excellence.

Sarah Roberts,19, from Flint also received two awards on the evening for floristry student of the year at Northop College and for overall land-based student of the year.

Another winner was 20-year-old Daniel Keane, from Connah’s Quay who took home awards for motor vehicle student of the year and overall work-based learner of the year having achieved the highest level for the advanced modern apprenticeship on automotive studies.

Aaron Blake, also, from Broughton, is a media studies student who was presented with the student ambassador of the year award and the overall special award for contribution to student life.

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