Among the D&A College students honoured in the Webster Memorial Theatre recently was a particularly noteworthy Forfar resident – Denise Webster.
Denise not only achieved the highest mark of her year in HND animal care, she did it while overcoming a fear of horses.
She said: “It’s not that I was terrified of them or anything but I couldn’t hide how uncomfortable I was around horses.”
Despite this Denise achieved her highest mark in a graded unit about a horse sanctuary.
She continued: “I had to learn about horses inside and out for my report to make sense – as I wasn’t leaving college without an A grade.”
Denise started college four years ago after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
She added: “I was a hairdresser for 23 years but about six years ago I was diagnosed with MS, and though I resolved to carry on as normal I quickly discovered that my ‘normal’ was no fun at all, working in a salon.”
Denise enjoyed college life and her health improved – despite working on a free-range egg farm with all the associated physical activity.
Principal Christina Potter, along with sponsors from industry and commerce, presented the awards in her final ceremony, as she is retiring from the college in July.
Prize-winners from the Dispatch/Herald area included: George Matheson Scholarship: Denise Webster, Forfar.
George Brown Shield for Introduction to Construction - Painting & Decorating: Emily Telfor, Forfar.
Award for Brickwork 1st Year: Jan Richardson, Kirriemuir.
Sports Union Volunteer of the Year: Elliot Batt, Forfar; Ciara McKay, Kirriemuir.
Engage Me! Group Award - See Scotland Peer Education: Amna Zulfiqar, Forfar.
Scobie Trust Award: James Cameron, Forfar.
And from an earlier Gardyne Theatre ceremony:-
Tailor Trade Award for Best Use of Course - HND Textiles Year 2: Alyx Clark, Forfar.
Most Improved Student HND Civil Engineering Award: Grant Osborne, Kirriemuir.
Dermalogica 1st Year Beauty Award: Shirley Sutherland, Kirriemuir.
Overgate Award for Most Promising Student in Retail: Hannah Ryan, Forfar.