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Gordon Awards for Excellence recognises our top students

Gordon Awards for Excellence winners, Pippa Macpherson and Rachael ParrotThe Gordon has celebrated its top students at the Gordon Awards for Excellence, with Rachel Parrot named most outstanding.

The awards recognise students who have gained the highest standards and displayed outstanding commitment to training, community involvement and leadership.

Ms Parrot completed a Certificate III in Animal Studies despite the challenge of overcoming a liver transplant while studying.

“I began studying at university. Whilst at uni, I was always second guessing my course and thinking I would be happier pursuing a career in vet nursing. I was then diagnosed with liver cancer at the end of my first year. I was put on the waiting list for a transplant. It was then I decided life was too short and that when I was well enough, I would pursue my dream career in vet nursing. I have not regretted this decision at all.”

Ms Parrot who works at Eastwood Veterinary Clinic in Ballarat is now undertaking a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is looking forward to a future working in emergency nursing.

Pippa Macpherson who studied a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery has added to her silver medals at the AUS-TAFE national and regional apprentice competitions by winning the Apprentice of the Year award. 

Training in the iconic Davidson restaurant, Ms Macpherson said, "My training has built my confidence and industry networks, and has taught me the skills to work with different flavours and textures. My goal is to travel, work in different restaurants and own a restaurant specialising in pastries and desserts."

The Gordon’s Chief Executive Officer Joe Ormeno said, “Our students, apprentices and trainees are wonderful examples of the diverse, talented, and dedicated community of learners who choose to study at The Gordon each year.

“Each has taken a unique path, full of ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks, but each have persevered and overcome every obstacle. Their journey to excellence has been marked by dedication, hard work, and a willingness to go above and beyond in the pursuit of their goals.

“Showing outstanding commitment to their studies, along with enterprise, creativity, initiative, self-reliance and optimism, they have each set themselves up for success.”

Thirty-seven students were recognised at the awards, with $13,500 in prize money presented to winners across 21 award categories.

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