Griffin Mill 2012

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Griffin Mill’s Outstanding Student of the Year Awards 2012 took place at the stylish and sophisticated Hilton Hotel in Cardiff. The ceremony was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the massive achievements of students from all over Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Griffin Mill is an annual event conceived in 2003 in partnership with Griffin Mill Garages and Rhondda Cynon Taff, where each young person is sponsored by an external company. The young people are nominated usually by their Head Teachers or Head of Year from the 19 participating high schools in RCT, and are then put through their paces with team activity days, evidence portfolios and interviews.

The night was a real black tie affair; I’m talking bow ties, Champagne and a four course menu for the nominees and their guests. Also in attendance were some notable people, including Pontypridd Mayor, Councillor Doug Williams and his wife, Jenna Claridge, RCT Youth Mayor, Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Eudene Hanagan AM and Gareth Rees, the host of the evening and recently retired Acting Service Director of R.C.T.

Among the nominees was sub-editor, Bethan Jones, who was awarded a trophy to show that she was a finalist in the category.

Every finalist is awarded a trophy, and spot prizes of WHSmith vouchers were awarded to those who really made a difference in their schools and wider communities. Then, three regional winners were chosen who received an additional trophy and then the overall winner took home a brand new (and very shiny) Fiat!

That’s right, Joshua Hunt, of Bryncelynnog Comprehensive was awarded Griffin Mill Student of the Year and took home the keys to the brand new Fiat worth £10,000 with all bills paid for one year – yes that’s rightone whole year!

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