AN awards ceremony hit the right note with help from a Wearside musician.
Former Sunderland College student Martin Longstaff, of the Lake Poets, was a guest speaker at the college’s awards night at The Stadium of Light.
The annual awards ceremony for 16 to 18 year olds is designed to recognise outstanding young people in the city, and reward their hard work.
Tutors nominated students who excelled in their studies, or who demonstrated something special during their time at the college, to receive an award.
One of the college’s star students, Beth Humphrey, 17, from Seaham, was given the coveted Harvard Book Prize award for her achievements.
She was chosen not only for her academic efforts, but for the time spent volunteering in a hospital in the Czech Republic over summer. Beth, who is studying for A-levels in biology, chemistry, physics and maths, said: “It was such a great feeling to be given the award, as I’ve worked really hard and I am so pleased it has paid off.
“I hope to study medicine at Newcastle University when I have finished my A-levels at Sunderland College. My ultimate goal is to become a doctor or consultant.”
Prinicpal Anne Isherwood said: “It has been an extremely successful year for Sunderland College, so it was very difficult to pick the winners of each category. Everyone nominated deserved recognition for their efforts. They should be very proud of themselves.”