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Tech colleges’ top students


An automotive apprentice and hair and beauty student have been named the 2019 top students at St Patrick’s Technical College in Edinburgh North.

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The outstanding achievements of the Class of 2019 were recognised during a graduation and awards dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre in November.

During the evening graduating students received their Certificates of Completion, while individual awards – valued at more than $10,000 thanks to the generosity of sponsors – were presented.

The major award of the night, the Max Davids Award – Apprentice of the Year, was presented to Automotive student Cameron Anderson. This award is named in recognition of the significant contribution made by Max in the founding and development of the college.

Cameron was also awarded Automotive Apprentice of the Year.

“As an apprentice, Cameron has been hard working and conscientious, grasping many opportunities to grow and develop his already considerable trade skills,” said principal Danny Deptula.

“These qualities ensured that Cameron was one of the first apprentices to complete all his SACE requirements this year. Everyone who meets Cameron is impressed by his respectful manner, his positive outlook and his generosity of spirit.”

Emily Rees

Emily Rees was also acknowledged for her outstanding studies during 2019, receiving the Hair & Beauty Student of the Year Award and the Principal’s Award.

The Principal’s Award is presented to the student who the principal, after consultation with other staff, considers to be the college’s most outstanding campus-based student.

It recognises a student who has demonstrated outstanding academic and trade training performance as well as an unwavering commitment to achieving their goals and their SACE. Most importantly they exemplify the values of the college.

“Emily is a kind and caring young person who sets an impressive example for other people to follow through her honesty and compassion for others,” said Mr Deptula.

“In every respect she is a hard-working, conscientious and a committed student to developing her trade skills.”

Kalista Dellow

Meanwhile, a female apprentice working in a male-dominated industry has received Marcellin campus’ highest honour for 2019.

Kalista Dellow, who is currently studying a Certificate III in Engineering (fabrication), was named Apprentice of the Year at Marcellin’s graduation and awards night.

In announcing the winner, assistant principal Chris Burrows said Kalista had demonstrated a “clear dedication” to the “whole” Marcellin program.

“Kalista is always respectful in her dealings with everyone she interacts with and always willing to give things a go,” he said.

“It was no surprise to us that she was able to overcome her initial fears of an industry dominated by males and she is now mentoring others.

“She is highly regarded by her employer who continues to be impressed by her work ethic and commitment.”

Kalista started at Marcellin in Year 10 as part of its Headstart program. She did her training with MTC Training and is now a third year apprentice with Automotive Safety Engineering.

Marcellin, a second campus of Cardijn College, enables students to study for their SACE while participating in the Vocational Education and Training program.


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