Top students have rounded off their graduation year in style by being awarded other honours.
At a gala presentation staged by Forth Valley College in Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday four had their efforts recognised by sponsors.
Kirsty Richardson led the local charge on the big prizes when she accepted the ‘Most Promising Student’ accolade in the Department of Applied Science and Computing from Ede and Ravenscroft. The 26-year-old from Bantaskine has graduated with an HND in Applied Biological Sciences.
Conny Bannan (26) from Hallglen and a graduate at HND level in Beauty Therapy received the Hospitality and Salon Services Award sponsored by Falkirk Council and presented by Provost Pat Reid.
Former Falkirk Campus students Mary Millar (49) from Airth and Chelsea Auld (19) from Bo’ness were presented with memorial awards. Mary, who has a Modern Apprenticeship SVQ Management Level 4, received the Nicola Patrick Award in recognition of her learning and achievement and Chelsea, who graduated with an HND in Computing (Technical Support), the Ivan Hanley Award.
Last Thursday at Stirling Castle, BA Art and Design graduate Beth Flannagan (41) from Stenhousemuir will be presented with her ‘Most Promising Student’ in the Department of Creative Industries prize, sponsored by the Eden Consultancy Group.
Kirsty said: “I completed the NC course last year and won ‘Student of the Year’ in the department, but this beats it hands down.”
Conny said: “I enrolled at college and did what I had to do and that’s it. I really did not expect anything like this at all. I feel really good.”
Mary was another “delighted” winner. She said: “I’m shocked, delighted and proud all at the same time!”
Chelsea, who is now studying computing at university, said: “I enjoyed my time at Forth Valley College and this is a nice way to finish it off.”
Ahead of being presented with her prize at Stirling Castle Beth said: “There were so many inspirational and creative people on my course, we just fed off each other. I was very surprised, but really excited, to win.”
College principal Dr Ken Thomson said: “All our graduation prizewinners have worked extremely hard and been a credit to themselves and to the college.”