NAFC Students of the Year

The NAFC Marine Centre has named its Students of the Year in the annual awards sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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Harry Kemp (L) and Valentina Romano

The awards are intended to encourage and celebrate achievement and endeavour at all levels in the university’s student community.

Harry Kemp was named as winner in the Further Education Student of the Year category for his performance during his first year as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer Cadet, sponsored by DAO Shipping through Anglo-Eastern. NAFC nautical lecturer Johnathon Goulden described Harry as “a remarkable student” who had been noted for helping other students both with their college work and other matters while completing a National Certificate in Shipping and Maritime Operations. He is now in the second year of his cadetship and working towards a Higher National Certificate in Nautical Science.

Valentina Romano was named as winner in the Higher Education Student of the Year category. Valentina has completed a Technical Apprenticeship in Aquaculture Management while working at Dawnfresh Seafoods’ Kinnaird Mill Trout Farm near Brechin. NAFC’s Head of Aquaculture Training Stuart Fitzsimmons nominated Valentina for the award due to the excellent standard of her work and her level of dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. In January Valentina was named as a Higher Education Award Winner and winner of a prestigious CARAS (Council for Awards of Agricultural Societies) awards at the Lantra Scotland 2020 Awards.

Harry and Valentina will both now be considered for the overall University of the Highlands and Islands Further and Higher Education Student of the Year Awards to be announced later this year.