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SM TAFE Student Awards - Winners and Finalists Announced

Our winners and finalists for this year's Student Awards have been announced!

To all our outstanding students who were nominated, selected as finalists and awarded as winners, we celebrate your academic achievement. We are proud to have provided you all with a meaningful pathway to reach your potential through applied, practical learning experiences. 

We take great pride in knowing that our students graduate with exposure to real work environments, and with the job-ready skills and knowledge that sees them in demand by employers. To all of our finalists, we offer our congratulations on this significant recognition of your achievements.

 

SM TAFE Student Awards - Winners:

 

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Apprentice of the Year 2019

Winner: Stacey Boothman

Course: Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade

Comments from the judging panel:

Stacey has always been wanting to be a part of the trades industry since a young age, which has led her to become an apprentice in Mechanical Fitting. She is always looking at ways to continuously improve her education and put forward ideas to the TAFE Lecturer's about running new courses and is supportive and constructive with her opinions. Stacey truly has an outstanding desire for her apprenticeship and education with SM TAFE with her passion towards her training and career. Stacey’s personal achievements are not giving up in her career as a women in trades, and being chosen to participate in the AMWU Apprentice Round Table in Sydney with 13 other apprentices from around Australia. Stacey was chosen along with another apprentice to be a part of the AMWU Skilled Trades Committee.

 

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2019

Winner: Tanya Evans

Course: Certificate III in Education Support

Comments from the judging panel:

Tanya completed the Certificate III in Education Support and clearly demonstrated her resilience to complete her studies despite overcoming personal family loss, to mentoring a fellow colleague to complete the course and supporting him in developing his skills and confidence in his secular job. Tanya’s role as Catholic Education Aboriginal Teaching Assistant at Aranmore Catholic College has demonstrated her passion, leadership and communication skills. Tanya is a great advocate for the whole school community by supporting students in safe learning environments, while building their confidence and inspiring their passions to be their best through her own example. Tanya's plans and goals for the future revolve around her desire to complete a Bachelor of Education as a Primary School Teacher. 

 

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Cultural Diversity Training Award 2019

Winner: Julie Nguyen

Course: Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

Comments from the judging panel:

Julie has shown amazing resilience with overcoming her disability to achieve her studies. To then be accepted at Curtin University to study teaching. She is an excellent role model for other students. At interview Julie talked to us about her goals and ambitions for the future. These include mentoring other people in the deaf community and the possibility of using her coding skills to develop an app promoting inclusivity for all. Julie was the outstanding finalist for this award.

 

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International Student of the Year 2019

Winner: Raphaela Athanasiadis

Course: Diploma of Event Management

Comments from the judging panel:

Raphaela completed her Diploma of Event Management and has already attained employment as an Events Coordinator with Kinn and Co. Raphaela was an international student mentor during her studies, and a great role model in all aspects of study and work whilst representing SM TAFE. Raphaela undertook a social media project where she communicated the challenges, benefits and highlights of being an international student in Perth and more locally at SM TAFE. This resulted in her posts being shared across social media pages and platforms including a video interview about her experience during the 65 Roses event, which has been shared by the Events Industry Association (EIA). Additionally, Raphaela volunteered at CFWA – 65 Roses Day, HBF Run for a reason, and the Perth Symphony Orchestra during her studies and we believe she has proven to be an excellent ambassador for events training, SM TAFE and the events industry. 

 

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Vocational Student of the Year 2019

Winner: Eleanor Litterick

Course: Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising 

Comments from the judging panel:

Eleanor completed her Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising. In her first year of study, Eleanor was introduced to a Sustainability unit, where she approached this unit with integrity and focus, and began growing a bio fabric called kombucha at home. She cultivated this ‘grown’ fabric from kombucha tea, harvested and dried it and made a kombucha skirt for her Sustainability unit. This skirt won the Eco Design Category at Future Runway Perth Fashion Festival in 2017. Eleanor’s focus on environmental sustainability continued throughout her studies, and her final non-gendered graduate collection in 2019 featured entirely recycled and sustainable fabrics and a zero waste pattern design technique. Eleanor’s other achievements during her training include: Design selected for the SIGNature Runway Show at Perth fashion Festival in 2016; Design selected for the Perth, A Guide for the Curious Exhibit at Claremont Quarter in 2016; 3 designs selected for Wearable Technology and Menswear Categories Future Runway Perth Fashion Festival in 2017; Fashion show with Nanollose promoting microbial cellulose textiles to investors in 2017; Design selected for the ctrl+alt+create Exhibit at Parmelia House in 2018; Designs selected for the SM TAFE Wearable Art Exhibits Mandurah 2017 and 2019. Additionally, Eleanor was invited to Cambodia to visit the Asian Hope International School where she taught workshops on fashion to primary school students who were putting together a runway show based around the theme of identity. Eleanor also participated in events, such as a runway show with Perth-based biotechnology company, Nanollose. Showcasing a kombucha dress to demonstrate to investors the potential of microbial cellulose textiles. Nanollose have since gone on to release a new tree-free rayon fabric.

 

SM TAFE Student Awards - Finalists:

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Finalist: Ben Wyatt

Award Category: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2019

Course: Diploma of Community Services

 

 

 

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Finalist: Leyla Cevik 

Award Category: Cultural Diversity Training Award 2019

Course: Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English for Further Study

 

 

 

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Finalist: Saeda Jafari

Award Category: Cultural Diversity Training Award 2019

Course: Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English for Further Study

 

 

 

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Finalist: Satyam Kumar Gopy

Award Category: International Student of the Year 2019

Course: Diploma of Information Technology Networking

 

 

 

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Finalist: Thandar Thun

Award Category: International Student of the Year 2019

Course: Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

 

 

 

Finalist: Abbey Masters

Award Category: Apprentice of the Year 2019

Course: Certificate III in Hairdressing

 

Finalist: Justin Tupper

Award Category: Apprentice of the Year 2019

Course: Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

 

SM TAFE Outstanding Student Awards:

Anna Maria Kosiba - Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Brianna Carbone - Diploma of Event Management

Caissey Else - Diploma of Project Management

Cameron Went - Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery

Eleanor Birss - Certificate lV in Fitness

Eve Ferrier - Certificate III in Plumbing

Gareth Martin - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Harrison Ward - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Hyde Pedrezuela - Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Isabelle Farmer - Diploma of Event Management

Jake Repace  - Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) (Carpentry and Joinery Pre-Apprenticeship)

Karl Baird - Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) (Brick and Block Laying Pre-Apprenticeship)

Kate Ballard - Certificate IV in Patisserie

Katherine Drewery - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Kit Koon Kiat Teo - Diploma of Hospitality Management

Luke Forgione - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Refrigeration/Air Conditioning

Liang Sheng Lock - Certificate IV in Patisserie

Marcus Passante - Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) (Carpentry and Joinery Pre-Apprenticeship)

Maxwell Majalang - Diploma of Hospitality Management

Nerine Boulter - Diploma of Aquaculture

Nicholas Philips - Certificate III in Cabinet Making

Rachael Fuller - Certificate III in Hairdressing

Sacha Tregonning - Ready To Go 

Scott Brown - Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling

Steven Stefanis - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Thaviraj Aroonassalon - Diploma of Hospitality Management

Thomas Beekink - Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) (Carpentry and Joinery Pre-Apprenticeship)

Trey Flower - Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher)

Wasana Farrelly - Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Page last updated May 22, 2020