Student In Finals For Student Of The Year

Weston College student Mason Cherritt has been named as a finalist at the Association of Colleges Student of the Year awards.

He is a finalist for the Young Student of the Year Award category, beating off competition from across the country.

Mason, who has been described by his tutors as “a remarkable young man”, has worked tirelessly to overcome his significant learning barriers and make hugely positive steps is both his academic work and life skills.

On being named as a finalist, Mason said: “I was really shocked when I found out, because I realised it was nationwide. I’m excited to attend the ceremony, and a parliamentary reception has been organised for all finalists in January so I’m excited to go to that, too.

“I’m so proud to be a Weston College student and I don’t ever want to leave – I’d even like to work as a sports teacher here eventually. Being at the College has given me so many opportunities and I feel like I’ve gone from having no life, to having a big life.”

Not only has Mason himself made significant progress, but he has also helped others to achieve the same levels of progression. Through his role as student transition ambassador, he helps students with significant barriers to learning, encouraging them progress and develop by using his own experiences. This support has proved invaluable to students and parents, and they comment on the confidence he gives students in the transition from school to College

Marie Beaver, Curriculum Co-ordinator for Extension Studies, said: “When Mason first began on his course he recognised education as being significant for his future and an important aspect missing in his life. The progress he has made is remarkable and winning student of the year would give high recognition of the fantastic role model he is to others.

“Mason is an inspirational student who has worked relentlessly to succeed in education. Despite his personal challenges and several changes of home Mason has built his resilience and perseverance. He has worked tirelessly in using and adapting the strategies learnt to progress in all areas of College and life.”

This year’s awards saw 115 nominations across the three categories. The judging panel, including representatives from the National Union of Students and Step up to Serve, were overwhelmed by the variety of applications and the extent of the success of the students.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “The Student of the Year awards showcase the very best of college students across the country. They celebrate the achievements of the exceptional students who stand out from the crowd. It isn’t only about whether someone has achieved the top grades, but rather the inspirational nature of accomplishments.”

The results of the awards will be announced on 14 November at a special dinner at the Association of College’s Annual Conference.

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