Hopwood Hall College celebrated its most exceptional students with a special online version of its Further Education Awards.
The ceremony – which usually takes place in front of hundreds at the Middleton Arena – still delivered some glitz as it was held virtually on the college’s website.
The prestigious ‘Star of the Year’ Gold Award went to 17-year-old Casey Haworth, who’s studying a Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children.
As well as passing all modules and becoming a leader in her class, she’s also acted as an ambassador by giving talks about the value of education to year 10s and 11s at Wardle High School in Rochdale.
Meanwhile, Pathways to Adulthood student Jordan Deegan, who has cerebral palsy, was the recipient of the Skills for Life Lesley Hawkins Award.
The 22-year-old former Redwood School pupil is the latest worthy winner of the annual award, which was created in memory of long-time staff member and Vice Principal Lesley Hawkins, who sadly passed away in 2018.
Casey and Jordan have both received a trophy, certificate and cash prize for winning their respective categories.
In total, more than 100 names appeared on the official roll of honour as students from across all subjects were recognised for their progress and achievements during the last academic year.
Other special awards included Apprentice of the Year and Staff Member of the Year, which was voted for by students.
Julia Heap, Principal and CEO of Hopwood Hall College, said:
“The Further Education Awards are always a special occasion and we just couldn’t allow this year to pass without once again recognising our most exceptional students.
“We’ve seen so much resilience and determination from all our learners, so our winners should feel incredibly proud to have stood out.
“In particular, Casey and Jordan have two of the most inspiring success stories and more than deserve this accolade.”
Diana McCloskey, Programme Manager for Skills for Life, said:
“Jordan is an absolute delight and the very person who wouldn’t let a disability get in the way of enjoying life.
“He epitomises every value of the Skills for Life department, which provides opportunities for young people to reach their life potential.
“A huge well done to Jordan! I wish him the very best of luck for his future.”
Carole Fallon, Programme Manager for Health and Social Care, said:
“Casey’s work has gone from strength to strength this year.
“By the time we went into lockdown she was leading group tasks, supporting others in the class and was a pleasure to teach.
“The standard of her work is excellent. I am very proud of Casey!”