Roxanne named Young Student of the Year

Published: Wednesday 17 June 2015

There aren’t many 16 year old girls who would contemplate shaving off all their hair, but Forensic Science student Roxanne Bryan did exactly that to raise money for Cancer Research.

It’s this tendency to put others before herself, along with a steely determination to succeed at everything she does in class, that saw Roxanne named as Young Student of the Year at Blackpool and The Fylde College’s annual awards ceremony.

The Student of the Year Awards celebrate the academic achievements, talent, enthusiasm and dedication of Blackpool and The Fylde College students at a glitzy awards ceremony held at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Paradise Room.

Roxanne, 16, from Blackpool, beat off competition from within her academic area to be named overall Gold Award winner in recognition of outstanding progress with her Personal Development Plan. This is completed by students in addition to their qualification, in order to develop employability skills through activities such as fund-raising, volunteering, work experience and part-time work and give them a head-start in the job market.

She then went on to be named overall Young Student of the Year, up against other outstanding young students from across the College, picking up her second award of the night.

Commenting on her achievement, Roxanne said: “It felt amazing to be nominated for a Student of the Year Award. It was so nerve-wracking being on the stage at the awards but I can’t tell you how happy I was to win. I was shaking and almost crying!”

Asked why she thought she had been nominated, Roxanne added: “I don’t know, I was really surprised. I help out a lot at the local food bank and not long after I started College I shaved my head for charity. If anyone needs any help with around college I’m always happy to step in but I don’t do it for recognition – I just like to help people.”

It is this modest attitude to her own exceptional achievements which caught the eye of Tutor Paul Thornton, who nominated Roxanne for the award. He said: “Roxie is an extraordinary student who is always going out of her way to help other people while still achieving 100% attendance at College and distinction grades in her assignments.

“She is pleasant and a well-mannered young adult who works hard and puts a great deal of effort into every activity. She assists in college recruitment events and open days and engages in a wide range of charity events while maintaining a very high standard in College work. I don’t know how she fits it all in!”

In addition to her academic studies and charity work, Roxanne is a Students’ Union representative for her School and actively participates in many college competitions and events in her role as environmental officer.

She continues: “I love coming to college and seeing my friends. I’ve got another year to go and then I want to train to be a mortician. College obviously helps with my education but it but it has also helped me to develop on a personal level too.”

The future is looking bright for Roxanne, and as tutor Paul concludes, her success is richly deserved: “Roxie is an example to students everywhere of how much is possible with hard work and effort. I’m so proud that she won the award.

The complete list of winners is:

  • Young Student of the Year: Roxanne Bryan, School of Engineering and Computing
  • Adult Student of the Year: Ryan Sturman, School of Engineering and Computing
  • Higher Education Student of the Year: Kieron Griffiths, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport
  • Young Apprentice of the Year: Tiffany Bromley, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport
  • Adult Apprentice of the Year: Sara-Jane Barrot, School of Hairdressing, Beauty and Related Therapies
  • Higher Apprentice of the Year: Gary Cox, School of Society, Health and Childhood
  • Employer of the Year: Empowerment, nominated by the School of Professional Studies

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