A life in education is as much about building character as it is about academic achievement.
As American soul singer B.B. King said: “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
This year, the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian is looking for the student whose performance in the classroom is matched by a contribution to their community.
A young role model who is as talented outside lessons as they are in the pressurised environment of the exam room.
Our Education Awards, in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, is in search of the Student of the Year who attends a school in South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings or south of Boston.
The category is sponsored by Boston College where about 8.000 students can choose from more than 250 vocational, academic and apprenticeship courses every year.
Four separate campuses make up Boston College, including one in Spalding where students can choose courses in accounting, beauty therapy, construction, childcare and teaching, amongst others.
College principal Amanda Mosek said: “Boston College has chosen to sponsor the Student of the Year category because we believe passionately in encouraging learners to achieve the best they can.
“At Boston College, we work hard to raise the aspirations and confidence of every single one of our learners, we support them to achieve beyond their expectations and we have considerable success in getting them into employment or university.”
Boston College is celebrating its 50th anniversary and during the last half-century, it has built relationshiips with a number of Lincolnshire businesses to ensure its curriculum is relevant to the needs of the area it is based in.
Mrs Mosek said: “We support learner and community development and we encourage budding entrepreneurs through our Enterprise Zone, enabling our learners to become highly employable.
“Our vision is to be a brilliant college that transforms people’s lives and makes an outstanding contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of Lincolnshire.”