Honour for inspirational young woman

From left: Science Tutor Paul Thornton, Young Student of the Year Roxanne Bryan and Learning Support Officer Julian Manuel.'Blackpool and The Fylde College
From left: Science Tutor Paul Thornton, Young Student of the Year Roxanne Bryan and Learning Support Officer Julian Manuel.'Blackpool and The Fylde College
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There aren’t many 16-year-old girls who would contemplate shaving off all their hair – but Forensic Science student Roxanne Bryan did exactly that.

Roxanne, from Blackpool, went under the clippers to raise money for Cancer Research.

It was her tendency to put others before herself – along with a steely determination to succeed at everything she does – which saw Roxanne named as Young Student of the Year, at Blackpool and The Fylde College’s annual awards ceremony.

The Student of the Year Awards celebrated the academic achievements, talent, enthusiasm and dedication of the college’s students at a glitzy ceremony, held at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Paradise Room.

Roxanne also beat off competition, from within her academic area, to be named overall Gold Award winner in recognition of outstanding progress with her Personal Development Plan. This is completed by students in addition to their qualifications, to develop employability skills through activities such as fund-raising, volunteering, work experience and part-time work.

Roxanne said: “It felt amazing to be nominated for a Student of the Year Award.

“It was so nerve-wracking being on the stage at the awards, but I can’t tell you how happy I was to win. I was shaking and almost crying.”

Asked why she thought she had been nominated, Roxanne said: “I don’t know, I was really surprised. I help out a lot at the local food bank and not long after I started college, I shaved my head for charity.

“If anyone needs any help around college I’m always happy to step in, but I don’t do it for recognition – I just like to help people.”

It was this modest attitude to her own exceptional achievements which prompted tutor Paul Thornton to nominate Roxanne.

He said: “Roxanne is an extraordinary student, who is always going out of her way to help other people – while still achieving 100 per cent attendance at college and distinction grades in her assignments.

“She is pleasant and a well-mannered young adult who works hard and puts a great deal of effort into every activity.

“She assists in college recruitment events and open days, and a wide range of charity events – while maintaining a very high standard in college work. I don’t know how she fits it all in.”

Roxanne is also a Students’ Union representative and actively participates in many college competitions and events, in her role as environmental officer.

She added: “I love coming to college and seeing my friends. I’ve got another year to go and then I want to train to be a mortician.

“College obviously helps with my education, but it has helped me to develop on a personal level too.”