Easton Campus - Prize Day

21 June 2018

The Norfolk campus of Easton and Otley College hosted their annual student prize day.

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

Then on the evening of Wednesday 19 June 2018, 30 special awards were handed out to students for excellence and endeavour.

Jane Townsend reflected on the last 12 months during proceedings.

During the ceremony, Miss Townsend, who became principal of the college in March 2018, talked about some Norfolk highlights that included the opening of a student run bistro, several charity challenges, numerous sporting achievements (that included the efforts of the under 18 rugby team who won the league) and she also reflected on various agricultural successes in 2017/18.

Jane described the event as being ‘unique’ and ‘special’ and concluded by saying, “I wish you (the students) all the very best for the future – keep striving to be the best you can be.”

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 in relation to the creation of an agricultural academy in Norfolk.

Some of 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.

On winning this prize, 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 (the award) 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 heled me see that the world is not a dark place and they have helped me every step of the way.”

Nicola received her award for making a significant contribution to the college. In a citation that was read out by deputy principal, Ray Goodman, it was said that Nicola ‘had to overcome significant personal challenges but despite this, she has progressed with a distinction profile and now she will be going on to study a foundation degree. She also works as an ambassador for the college.’

18 year old Jordan Leigh is from Snetterton. He 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.”

During a citation that was read out, it was stated that ‘Jordan exceeded expectations and had overcome numerous health challenges.’

The final award of the night was called the Fred Riseborough Award for Arboriculture.

This new award was created on behalf of a former Easton student called Fred Riseborough who sadly passed away in 2018.

A citation stated that ‘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’.

22 year old Molly Riseborough (Fred’s sister) from Hellesdon handed over the award to the winner, Callum Ansell.

After the event, Molly spoke about the award. She 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 Ansell, a 17 year old 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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