La Maison trainee chef Renee Jones’ outstanding dedication was recognised at the TAFE NSW Albury graduation and awards ceremony on Friday.
Ms Jones was named both the most outstanding apprentice of the year in cookery trade and TAFE NSW Albury campus’ overall most outstanding apprentice of the year.
But it wasn’t the first time Ms Jones had tasted success – in September she won the state’s most prestigious scholarship for apprentice chefs the Oliver C. Shaul Scholarship.
The scholarship allows an apprentice to train in an internationally-renowned restaurant overseas with Ms Jones headed to Michelin Star-rated Mume restaurant in Taiwan.
Graduate Tanka Poudel was named the campus’ outstanding student of the year, while Terri Frisen won the artist-in-residence prize and Kim Nelson-Thomson won the Noel Sulman Memorial price for highest achievement.
TAFE NSW regional general manager Kerry Penton congratulated all 612 graduates at Friday’s ceremony.
She said the event, held for the first time at Albury Entertainment Centre, honoured Albury and National Environment Centre campus graduates.
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Ms Penton said many graduates and award winners often excelled while balancing, their course work, with families or work demands, all in the hopes of improving themselves.
She said the night was a fitting recognition of the students’ commitment to improving their skills.
“It’s wonderful to see so many graduates investing in their futures,” she said.
“For many of them, that involves making short-term personal sacrifices in the knowledge that the skills they learn at TAFE NSW will help them further their careers.
“To see those students up on stage being cheered on by their family, friends and classmates is very special.”
The Karen Maclean Memorial Award was given to Samantha Hines, while David O’Connor won the LisTech award for the student who performed to the highest academic standard.
Kat Molony was awarded the prize for excellence in visual arts while the National Environment Centre’s outstanding student of the year award went to Gustavo Camara, Mattos Martins.
Awards received by TAFE NSW Albury and National Environment Centre students:
- Outstanding Student of the Year: Tanka Poudel
- Mac Greene Award for Outstanding Apprentice of the Year: Renee Jones
- Albury Racing Club Perpetual Shield - Overall Outstanding Food and Beverage Student of the Year: Juanaya Williams
- Border Just Foods - Outstanding Student Performance in Food Studies, Cookery and Catering: Daniel (Thomas) Webb
- The Brendan Jones Memorial Award in Food and Beverage: Emma Miller
- Countryside Butchers Perpetual Shield - Most Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Cookery Trade: Renee Jones
- De Lorenzo Hairdressing Award - Stage 1 Apprentice of the Year: Sarah Lonie
- De Lorenzo Hairdressing Award - Stage 2 Apprentice of the Year: Chelsea Cousin
- De Lorenzo Hairdressing Award - Stage 2 runner-up apprentice of the year: Savanah Griffiths
- Dude Hut Barbering award - Apprentice of the year: Daniel Douch
- Top Graduating Student in Information Technology: Blake Irving
- Academic excellence in Diploma of IT Networking: Graham Bassier
- Academic excellence in Certificate IV Networking: Mitchell Ormes
- Margery Guiver Perpetual Shield - Achievement Award in Business Administration: Indiana Higgins
- Trish Brown Memorial Shield - Highest Achiever in Business Technology: Lili Conolly-Davies
- Outstanding Achievement in the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management: Alicia Langman
- Lecky's Electrical Award - Most Outstanding Student Over 3 Years: Jack Robinson
- Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineering (IAME) Award - Best Automotive Workshop Attitude: Randall Marsden
- Karen Maclean Memorial Award: Samantha Hines
- LisTech Award - Student who performed to the highest academic standard: David O’Connor
- Position Partners Award - Student with the most highly developed technical skills: Trevor Dhamu
- National Environment Centre - Outstanding Student of the Year: Gustavo Camara, Mattos Martins
- Kooka Brothas Prize for Excellence in Visual Arts: Kat Molony
- Noel Sulman Memorial Prize For Highest Achievement: Kim Nelson-Thomson
- Artist-in-Residence Prize: Terri Friesen