Armidale local, Mary Evans was awarded TAFE NSW Student and Apprentice of the Year on Tuesday at a ceremony held in Tamworth to recognise outstanding student achievements.
The TAFE NSW Excellence Awards acknowledge determination, resilience and leadership - identifying those who achieve outstanding academic results, who provide a significant contribution to their professions, and who exhibit exceptional personal qualities.
Mary is a Hairdresser who successfully completed a Certificate III in Hairdressing at TAFE NSW Tamworth and travelled weekly to Tamworth from Armidale to attend class.
Educators say Mary excelled in her academic studies at TAFE NSW due to her willingness to learn, dedication to study and the support from her employer.
"Mary has also excelled outside the classroom being a valuable team member of Cooper & Co Hairdressing in Armidale," they said.
"Mary competed in the 2019 Regional WorldSkills Hairdressing competition and received a gold medal because she put in a lot of extra training and preparation prior to the competition - which shows commitment to succeed and growth in knowledge of the hairdressing industry."
Another Armidale resident - Emma Pearson - was named the VET in Schools student of the year and Agribusiness student of the year while Josh Redgrove from Quirindi won the Student Based Trainee of the Year award.