HSC students Tika Khatiwada and Patrick Pope are included in a list of 17 students chosen for the regional Vocational Education Training Student of the Year Award in Blacktown on November 19.
Tika, a construction student from Evans High School, and Patrick, from The Hills Sports High School, who studied cafe skills, were nominated by their potential employers.
Business trainer Florian Ayen from Instyle Carpentry said Tika was an outstanding student and did everything asked of him to an excellent standard.
Manager Natalie Wilgress from Common Groundz Community Cafe said Patrick was very friendly, got on well with all the staff and picked up instructions really well.
Tika described his chance of winning the top student award as ‘‘good’’.
‘‘I always wanted to be a carpenter,’’ he said.
‘‘I am also taking a business management course to prepare me to run my own company.’’
Other contenders are Thomas Amone from TAFE Blacktown; Ben Jerrard, TAFE Mt Druitt; Jaydon Carling, Rooty Hill High; Tiffany Clarke, TAFE Blacktown; Katrina Montesclaros, Terra Sancta College; Nicolas Hamilton, Plumpton High; Jo Raelene, St Marys Senior High, Liam Cummings, Plumpton High, Chelsea Wodhams, Erskine Park High; Brittany Duggan, Mitchell High; Tristan Silva, Loyola Senior High; Jessica Blundell, Riverstone High; Dylan Johnstone, Wyndham College, Jarryd Ring, Riverstone High and Bianca Horne, iCareer.
The Award for Excellence is organised by Blacktown Regional Economic & Employment Development, which is now called BREED.
One will be picked as the VET Student of the Year Award at the annual awards dinner at Blacktown Council Civic Centre.
BREED managing director Stephen Frost said every year the judges were faced with an enormous task of selecting from hundreds of outstanding students and this year was no exception.