Sight or circumstance no barrier to CDU Awards in Alice Springs 

Prize winners Kelly Giddings and Ronnie Mitchell, both from Yulara

Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Alice Springs prize giving ceremony last week celebrated the achievements of students from central Australia.

The prize giving ceremony, held at CDU’s new Higher Education Building, was an opportunity for the University, industry and wider Alice Springs community to recognise outstanding individual efforts of students.

Prizes were awarded to students who have excelled in a particular unit of study, a year of a program, or in some cases, have demonstrated exceptional personal effort in achieving their outcomes, beyond academic achievement alone.

Yulara-based child care student Kelly Giddings received the award for Most Outstanding Diploma Student in Children’s Services.

CDU’s Vocational and Technical Education (VTE) child care lecturer, Heather Wilson said Kelly’s visual disability was no barrier to success.
‘Her exceptional ability with young children and quality work shows she is thoroughly deserving of this award,’ she said.

Local student Mimi Yuen received a number of awards at the ceremony, including the Most Outstanding Female award.

Other achievers include Darren Cawthorne-Crosby, who received the award for Most Outstanding Second Year Apprentice - Electrical Studies. Darren took the courageous step of leaving his work in 2005 to complete an apprenticeship at age 38.

Indigenous students are also excelling and were recognised in the ceremony. Norman Hagan, from Yuelamu was awarded Most Outstanding Student: Certificate II Electro Technology - Remote Area Essential Services, for performance of a high standard.

The prize giving ceremony coincided with the CDU Alice Springs Graduation Ceremony on Friday 15 June at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.

Dianne Underwood, campus administrator, CDU Alice Springs acknowledged the support of local businesses in making the prize giving ceremony possible.

‘These awards are made possible with the enormous support of local employers, business and suppliers and I am grateful for their commitment to local training and the future success of local students,’ she said.