TV PRESENTER Lucy Meacock has paid tribute to some of Ellesmere Port’s top-performing students.
The Granada TV and ITN news host, who started her career as a journalist in Chester and Ellesmere Port, celebrated the success of more than 40 students when she attended West Cheshire College’s annual awards evening.
The event was held at the college’s Ellesmere Port campus where Ms Meacock enjoyed a tour of the facilities with principal Sara Mogel and the Sheriff and Lady Sheriff of Chester, Andrew and Jeanne Storrar.
Among the award recipients were Ellesmere Port students Daniel Burns and Fabio Zema.
Daniel Burns, 19, picked up the Shell Global Solutions Award after studying for an IMI Technical Certificate Level 2 in vehicle maintenance and repair.
He said: “I’m really enjoying completing my apprenticeship and I’m now working towards a Level 3 qualification.”
Fabio Zema, 18, received the Public Services Student of the Year award after achieving straight distinctions in his National Diploma in Public Services.
He has just started a degree course in criminology at Greenwich University in London, with the aim of joining the police force after graduating.
He said: “The National Diploma in Public Services has provided me with a good background for my degree course and I would like to thank all the tutors who helped support me throughout my studies.”
Paying tribute to the award winners, Ms Meacock said: “Their achievements are truly remarkable with a diverse range of skills being earned from engineering, bricklayers to hairdressing and beauty therapists.”
Principal Mrs Mogel said: “West Cheshire College learners come from a range of backgrounds some of whom manage and juggle their home responsibilities while gaining skills and qualifications.
“We also have many students who have overcome many personal barriers to get where they are today and they should be very proud of what they have achieved.
“Our economy is built on the skills of people and it is an honour that West Cheshire College students are helping to add value to the region’s employers, universities and local community groups.”