Last Updated: Monday, July 10, 2017

Students Climb to Success

Students have been celebrating their end of year successes at North Lindsey College’s annual awards ceremony.

Special guest, Ellis Stewart, presented at the event and spoke of his heroic tale of being a mountaineer and surviving two of the worst disasters in the history of Mount Everest. Ellis uses his experiences out on the mountain in Nepal as the basis by which to deliver a highly engaging and inspirational tale of hope over adversity and tragedy. 

Ellis was delighted to be invited to present at the ceremony and said, ““I’m honored to be back as this was my last talk for a while.  I’m not planning to give any further talks about my adventures. It’s been a lovely evening and everyone has been fantastic.

“Not everyone wants to climb Everest, but everyone has their own challenges and I’m proof that you can pursue your dreams. When I was young I was inspired at a similar event and that’s where my inspiration came from.  Everyone has their own Everest and I wish everyone the best and encourage them to follow their dreams.”

The event was well supported with around 200 guests made up of students, parents, carers, employers and staff.  Twenty-four awards were celebrated at the event across all the curriculum areas including a lifetime achievement award which was received by Rob Waltham (North Lincolnshire Council Leader) he said: “It’s been great to see so many people receive awards for their hard work and commitment and also so many local businesses supporting students and help towards their developments in the world of work.  It’s a great honour to receive this award.”

All the awards given out at the ceremony had been sponsored by businesses including British Steel, Scunthorpe Telegraph and Scunthorpe United Football Club.  Student Alex Blackburn scooped three awards and said, “Winning for me was so unexpected.  I have developed as a person and I’m really pleased with this result tonight.”

Alex’s Grandparents and guardians, Carroll and David Swinton, also commented on the event and on Alex’s event and said, “The College has made a huge difference in Alex’s life. He is looking forward to level three starting in September – his tutor’s really have been first class.”

The winner of the new Student Enterprise Award was Ricardas Joksa. The award, which was sponsored by the Association of Colleges, was for a student who had an enterprising and innovative idea throughout their work experience placement.  Ricardas completed work experience at Maplin and after his hard work a dedication he was offered a permanent position with the company.

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Ricardas Joksa