A Portadown girl who manages to combine hobbies in dance, speech and drama and musical theatre with her IT studies and part-time work has won a top Rotary award.
Amy Adair, who has just completed her studies in ICT Level 3 at the Portadown campus of Southern Regional College (SRC), was awarded the Nigel Fraser award at the annual Portadown Rugby Club event.
Each year, SRC students are nominated for the award by tutors for dedication to their studies. The other nominees were Diane Watt, Ryan Vennard, Michael Fonceca and Rolandas Laurinavicius.
Amy was described as a “truly outstanding student who has achieved the maximum not only from her academic studies but also from her studies of drama, music and dancing”.
She has obtained both her Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards and holds Grade 5 in ballet, Grade 6 in tap dancing and speech and drama and grade 8 in musical theatre.
She appeared on the RTE show ‘Pump up my dance’, finishing in the top 15 in Ireland, and works part-time in Asda, where she is responsible for stock-outs.
Diane is studying level 2 Butchery in the School of Hospitality, Business & Management, and is the first female student in the history of the course.
She envisages a career in the management side of butchery and/or food technology.
Ryan is nearing completion of his level 3 Extended Diploma in Business. Despite ill-health, he has achieved excellent grades throughout his course and hopes to further his education by undertaking a degree course in business in September
Rolandas is in the final year of his level 3 studies in Construction - he left his native Lithuania to live with his parents in Northern Ireland in 2010 at age 13. He is a keen athlete, having won many accolades for his running skills.
Michael returned to study as a mature student after working in the retail sector and is currently completing his level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering.
He was elected the class representative by his peers because of his experience and attitude.
The award is in memory of Nigel Fraser, a vice-principal of Portadown Technical College and a member of the Rotary Club of Portadown, who died suddenly at the end of 1985.