Broken Hill College Student Christopher Heffernan was rewarded for his hard work, dedication and immense talents at TAFE Western’s annual Outstanding Graduating Student Awards (OGSA) ceremony in Dubbo yesterday.
Christopher, who completed a Certificate III Education Support in 2015, was one of five Vocational Student of the Year award winners.
“TAFE Western’s OGSAs are nominated by our teachers and recognise our most passionate, dedicated, industrious and skilful students,” Institute Director Kate Baxter said.
“Christopher is an inspiring student who demonstrated great leadership qualities during his time at TAFE and was someone his peers could turn to for help and advice.
“He has a burning desire to achieve that is infectious, is a great role model for his classmates and his community and is very deserving of this recognition.”
Christopher was nominated by Education Support Teacher Gail Sparrow, who said: “I have observed Christopher being a mentor with young students and promoting the course with enthusiastic encouragement. He builds a good rapport with students by being empathic but maintaining a professional role.”
Wilcannia Certificate III in Education Support student Shaylyn Whyman was named Aboriginal Trainee of the Year.
“Shaylyn is a great, independent learner – important skills to have. I, along with other teachers, have commented that Shaylyn would have the aptitude and academic ability to following teaching as a career path,” Certificate III Education Support teacher Gail Sparrow, who nominated Shaylyn for the award, said.
Dubbo Diploma of Community Services student Michael Parris was named the Most Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year, with Grace Parker, also from Dubbo, runner-up.
Wayne Wright, who completed a Certificate III in Community Services Work course in Orange in 2015, was Aboriginal Student of the Year, with Bathurst’s Katherine Bradbury (Certificate III in Community Services Work) runner-up.
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