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College rewards the cream of the student crop

PUBLISHED: 12:46 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 24 June 2018

Molly Riseborough (who presented an award on behalf of her brother Fred Riseborough), with Callum Ansell. Photo: John Nice

Molly Riseborough (who presented an award on behalf of her brother Fred Riseborough), with Callum Ansell. Photo: John Nice

John Nice

Years of hard work were rewarded when young people flocked to the Norfolk campus of Easton and Otley College for its annual student prize day.

Principal Jane Townsend with the guest speaker Ben Turner. Photo: John NicePrincipal Jane Townsend with the guest speaker Ben Turner. Photo: John Nice

Earllast week, all students attended internal celebrations to congratulate them on their efforts throughout the year.

Then on Wednesday evening, 30 special awards were handed out to students for excellence and endeavour.

Guest speaker Ben Turner, managing director of Norwich-based farm machinery dealer Ben Burgess, handed out the prizes. He will be working with the college in the next academic year to help create an agricultural academy in Norfolk.

The award winners included Nicola Dalzell who won the Premier Student of the Year Award, an accolade that was sponsored by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.

Premier Student of the Year Nicola Dalzell. Photo: John NicePremier Student of the Year Nicola Dalzell. Photo: John Nice

Nicola, a 19-year-old sports student from near Fakenham, said, “I can’t believe it. It’s a really nice surprise and if I could, I would give this to the sports lecturers as they are so inspiring and they help you no matter what.

“In a nutshell, studying here has been the best thing that’s happened to me. I came here and the lecturers helped me see that the world is not a dark place and they have helped me every step of the way.”

Jordan Leigh, 18, from Snetterton is an agricultural student who won a trophy for endeavour. He said, “I’m either going into work or an apprenticeship. Easton has helped me along.”

The final award of the night was the Fred Riseborough Award for Arboriculture, created in memory of a former Easton student who died this year.

Endeavour trophy winner Jordan Leigh. Photo: John NiceEndeavour trophy winner Jordan Leigh. Photo: John Nice

A citation said: “Fred was an award winning student at the college. He had an amazing work ethic, was incredibly popular and he made a huge impact on so many lives. He was truly inspirational and the college is proud to be able to honour him in this way.”

Fred’s sister Molly Riseborough from Hellesdon handed over the award to the winner, Callum Ansell.

After the event, Molly said: “I feel really proud. It’s a great legacy for Fred and it’s nice to see he is remembered in such a good way and loved by so many people.”

Callum, 17, from near Beccles, said: “I feel honoured to be the first person to receive it. It’s a good award and hearing Fred’s story will definitely inspire me to do well in my career.”

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