Orange students have excelled at the TAFE NSW Western RTO’s annual Outstanding Graduating Student Awards (OGSA) for 2016, with five students recognised at a special ceremony at Highland Heritage Estate in Orange yesterday.
Orange Certificate III Commercial Cookery student Donna Fitzgerald picked up two awards, crowned the Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year, while also winning the Vocational Student of the Year.
“These graduates are nominated by our teachers and recognise our most passionate, dedicated, industrious and skilful students,” TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kate Baxter said.
“Donna excelled in and out of the classroom during her time studying in Orange and working as an apprentice at Tonic Restaurant in Millthorpe. She is well respected by her peers, is an exceptionally talented student and chef and a very deserving winner of our most prestigious award.”
Ms Fitzgerald was nominated for the award by TAFE NSW Orange Tourism and Hospitality Teacher John Olewicz, who was delighted she took home the top award as well as winning the Vocational Student of the Year Award.
“Donna has undertaken Commercial Cookery at TAFE following a successful career in Law and during her studies at TAFE she was a very positive and influential member of her class,” Mr Olewicz said.
“Donna is an excellent example of a mature-aged person with a previous and successful career following her passion and dreams in a totally new direction.”
Other Orange students successful in the awards included Tess Bishenden, Kathleen Hevesi, Ben Field and Jonathan Emeny.
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