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Year In Review : 2012
17 Blue Mountains College student Pamela Glover was named NSW Training's 2012 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. Pamela's interest in passing on Aboriginal traditions to future generations led her to step out of her comfort zone in 2011 and enrol in a tourism qualification. Despite negative past experiences with education, Pamela flourished in her studies at Blue Mountains College. The mother of nine has completed four qualifications since 2011 and uses her new knowledge and skills at work in her role as an Indigenous tour guide for the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Twenty-one WSI students competed in the National WorldSkills competition in 2012. The students competed amongst 500 competitors in 50 skills categories. Seven WSI students achieved medals including vehicle painting student Andrew McCormick (gold medal), beauty care student Alaine Watson (silver medal), meat retailing student John Voss (silver medal), sheet metal student Nick Borg (bronze medal), plumbing student Chris Cremona (bronze medal), business services student Megan Puckeridge (bronze medal), PC support student Paul Vu (bronze medal) and floristry student Elizabeth Brouwer (bronze medal). WSI students performed exceptionally well in 2012 in the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) awards. Nepean Arts and Design Centre (NADC) photoimaging student Ona Janzen was named 2012 AIPP Student Photographer of the Year. Former NADC photography students Kevin Chamberlain and Antonio Ranieri received the 2012 AIPP NSW awards for Commercial Photographer of the Year and Landscape Photographer of the Year respectively. Three WSI hospitality students gained places at the Hospitality Training Network (HTN) Culinary Commercial Cookery Apprentice Grand Final in August 2012. Apprentice James Milazzo from The Hills College won first place in the First Year Apprentice category. Blue Mountains College student Felicity Dunstan claimed the second place in the First Year Apprentice competition and achieved the highest marks for a HTN apprentice on the day. Nepean College student Rod Parbery took out second place in the Second Year Apprentice competition. Michael Wooldridge, a carpentry and joinery apprentice training at Nirimba College was named Third Year Apprentice of the Year at the NSW Master Builder's Awards. The award recognises Michael's achievement in his trade qualification as well as his work achievements. Richmond College horticulture graduate Jarryd Hard was named Landscape NSW and ACT's 2012 Landscape Apprentice of the Year. Jarryd Hard completed his Certificate III in Landscape in 2011. Imran Budhwani, Certificate IV in IT student at The Hills College was awarded the judges prize in the ACTION TAFE video competition conducted by NSW Teacher's Federation. Imran's video, named 'How has TAFE helped you put your goals into action', can be found on YouTube. Bianca Rousek from The Hills College was awarded the NSW Minister's Student Achiever Award in Tourism and Hospitality. OTEN child studies TVET student, Johari William, was awarded a Prime Minister's Award for Skills Excellence in School in the category of Community Services and Health. Johari was also one of sixteen OTEN students awarded an Australian Vocational Student Prize in July 2012, and was selected for a Prime Minister's Award from amongst all Australian Vocational Student Prize winners.