Meet the Kilmarnock graduation prizewinners

Tomorrow is a big day for so many students of Ayrshire College: it’s the Kilmarnock graduation!

In the lead-up to this event we have been unveiling graduation prize winners on our website.

There are 10 recipients in total – seven ‘Student of the Year’ winners, one winner of the ‘Making a Difference in the Community’ award and two ‘Outstanding Achievement’ awards.

And here they are!

Read why these 10 students deserve special recognition, in the words of their lecturers.


Student of the Year for Early Years – sponsored by Ede and Ravenscroft

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Hayley has had a determination to succeed throughout HND Childhood Practice, putting in so much hard work and always showing commitment to her studies.

Hayley takes full responsibility for her learning and at the same time demonstrates a genuine passion to “make Scotland the best place to grow up”.

Hayley has consistently developed her academic abilities at HND level and has produced work of a high standard, an opinion shared by all of her lecturers.

Student of the Year for Engineering and Science – sponsored by Ede and Ravenscroft

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Steven is an extremely diligent student who has worked consistently hard all year. He always submits coursework ahead of deadlines whilst maintaining a very high standard.

He is an all-round pleasure to teach. Steven achieved an ‘A’ in his Graded Unit and scored the top mark in his class. As well as all of this, he has always found time to help his classmates.

Steven will be a high achiever in whatever he decides to do in the future.

Student of the Year for Social Science – sponsored by Wai Beyond

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Kyla has been an exemplary student on the HND Social Science course.

She has the ability to interpret information and relate it to wider issues.  Her written work has been consistently excellent in all subject areas and her enthusiasm for social sciences was evident in everything she did.

She was hugely supportive to the others in the class and she was a willing participant in group tasks.  Overall, Kyla was a model student and a pleasure to have in the class.

Student of the Year for Sport and Fitness – sponsored by Ayrshire Sportsability

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Over the past four years Natasha has shown exceptional progression and is an outstanding student and role model to others.

The amount of voluntary work that she has carried out, along with 100% college attendance, is indicative of her dedication and commitment.

Through hard work and sheer determination, Natasha has far exceeded expectations, and has gone above and beyond in her volunteering efforts.

We are very proud of her for being able to make a huge difference to so many people.

Natasha has gained a reputation across Ayrshire as a committed and passionate coach as she continues to build an impressive CV, as well as being nominated and winning several awards.

She is a great ambassador not only for Ayrshire College and the wider community, but is a prime example of young people in society who make such a difference to so many.

Student of the Year for Business, Administration and Accounts – sponsored by Brown Brothers

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Extremely popular with her classmates, Shannon consistently produced work to a very high standard which was reflected in the results she achieved.

Shannon has now progressed to HND and plans to complete a degree programme to enable her to fulfil her ambition of becoming a fully qualified accountant.

She stands out this year as a very hard-working student and it was a unanimous decision by the Business, Administration and Accounts staff, which clearly shows how highly regarded Shannon is.

Student of the Year for Care – sponsored by A1 Glass Ltd

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Elaine has consistently demonstrated an exceptionally high level of personal and academic achievement throughout her time at Ayrshire College.

She has also been a very pro-active and positive influence in the wider college community through her peer mentoring involvement and fundraising activity, which she received an award for.

Added to all this she has been an active member of the student union and has recently been voted vice president for the year ahead.

Despite juggling a hectic personal life, succeeding through challenging times has been the hallmark of Elaine’s journey and she has shown great determination to achieve and progress against all odds.

Elaine has gained year 2 entry to study at university which, due to the vice president role, she has deferred until 2017. Elaine’s story is certain to inspire others.  Her achievements are outstanding and she wholly deserves student of the year.

Student of the Year for Hair and Beauty – sponsored by Salon Services

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Anneliese has worked so hard and shown commitment, dedication and resilience, overcoming many personal challenges to achieve an extremely high standard of work.

She has been committed to her learning and never lost sight of her goals, always with such a happy, positive attitude, inspiring others with her ambition and vision for her future.

She is an excellent ambassador to others at Ayrshire College. It has been a pleasure to have been part of her learning journey at Ayrshire College.

Making a Difference in the Community – sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce

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Sharon has achieved the HNC Social Care after devoting her life to caring for others. Sharon began fostering in 1994 and over the past 22 years has fostered 10 children long-term and provided respite for 25 children.

The difference Sharon and her husband have made to these children’s lives is immeasurable. By fostering she helps young people make the transition to adulthood and supports them to develop skills to live independently.

Throughout the course, she submitted all assessments ahead of deadline and took part in classes with enthusiasm and integrity, being a true ambassador for the College.

For transforming the lives of children in Ayrshire and building bridges in the community, Sharon is thoroughly deserving of the award.

Outstanding Achievement – sponsored by SQA

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Kelly has developed into a confident and successful learner due to her constant hard work throughout college.

Despite many personal challenges, her resilience and determination were always going to ensure that Kelly completed with great success. She has worked extremely hard this year.

Kelly continued to go that extra mile to help and support her fellow students and is always smiling, helpful and thoughtful.  She is a fantastic example of a student who never gives up and a well deserving winner of this award.

Outstanding Achievement – sponsored by SQA

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Ashley consistently produced a high standard of work throughout the year whilst caring for her family.

Putting her own strategies in place to support her learning requirements, she has worked extremely hard to organise and complete her work.

She is an excellent ambassador for Ayrshire College and has received glowing reports from her college work placement.

Congratulations everyone: see you tomorrow!

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