Celebrating our 2022 Student of the Year Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists in the Box Hill Institute 2022 Student of the Year Awards! The Student of the Year Awards is a special event that recognises the efforts and commitment of our incredible student cohort.


Award Categories

Student of The Year Award (International Onshore)

Sponsored by Attractor Solutions

Kabir Neupane, Bachelor of Computer Systems

Dunstan Diaz, Diploma of Nursing

Kushan Namal Jayasinghe, Bachelor of Fashion


Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood

Jayden Pleysier, Certificate III Cabinet Making

Laineihliana Bochung, Certificate III Landscape Construction

Kenneth (Ken) Chia Lung Lin, Certificate III Carpentry

Mathew Ciano, Certificate III Plumbing

Apprentice of the Year (2nd Year) 

Sponsored by Stanley, Black & Decker

    Sam Brown, Certificate III Plumbing

    Ryley Naylor, Certificate III Carpentry

    Zoe Kendall, Certificate III in Cabinet Making

    Apprentice of the Year (1st Year)

    Sponsored by Milwaukee

      Ricky Boccari, Certificate III Cabinet Making

      Jordan Lach, Certificate III Plumbing

      Benjamin Kenealy, Certificate III Plumbing


      Sponsosed by Wavelength Learning

      Ryan Manini, Certificate II Plumbing
      Deborah Jernejcic, Certificate III Equine Studies

      Justin Krok, Certificate III Sport and Recreation


      Sponsosed by Wavelength Learning

        Brigette Stark, Certificate I Work Education

        Sebastian Halstead (Ruth), Certificate II Work Education (General Employability)

        Emma Crisfield, Diploma of Nursing

        Mundell Thomas, Advance Diploma Cyber Security and IV Training and Assessment


        Sponsosed by Wavelength Learning

        Timothy Michael Fitzgerald, Certificate IV Hospitality

        Natalie Nahon, Certificate III Early Childhood Education

        Carly Sha Lou, Certificate III Dental Assisting

        School based Apprentice/Trainee

        Sponsosed by Housing Industry Association Ltd. HIA

        Jordan McMillan, Certificate III Plumbing
        Bailey Jansons, Certificate III Carpentry

        Emma Hunter, Certificate III Hairdressing


        Sponsosed by Wavelength Learning

        Leilani Garcia, Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning - Year 12

        Naomi Scarr, VCE

        Marcus DeWeger, Information Technology

        International Offshore

        Sponsosed by Wavelength Learning

        Huang Yao, Diploma of Laboratory Technology

        Yiqiong CHEN, Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management
        Leyi ZHU, Logistics Program

        Koorie Student of the Year

        Sponsosed by Rotary Club of Box Hill Central

        Mischa Powell, HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance (Partial Completion), Incorporating HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Partial Completion)

        Karl Srbinovski, VCE Vocational Major Year 12

        Laine Berg, Certificate II Plumbing

        Higher Education

        Sponsosed by CMI Music and Audio

        Oscar Jenkins-Wing, Bachelor of Applied Music (Composition)

        Joana Da Silval Santos, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

        Kabir Neupane, Bachelor of Computer Systems

        Seetali Mack, Bachelor of Music Industry (Music Production)

        The Craig Brittle Student Award

        Sponsored by The Craig Brittle Family

        • Laine Berg, Certificate II Plumbing
        • Alvin Asangi, Certificate III Carpentry
        • Liam Donohuel, Certificate III Carpentry

        Craig Brittle commenced his journey with Box Hill Institute 2000. Working across automotive, trades and engineering for a decade, and driving our education delivery with a focus on students. He was there for the students, helping build not just their skills and progress but them as a whole student. Anyone who watched him work with students quickly realised the genuine rapport he was able to build, always with the aim of supporting them to rise above their challenges. 

        This special quality always shone brightly. Not just to students but also to us, his colleagues, and to our industry partners. 

        All up, he spent 22 years contributing to the lives of our vocational students and employees. He was renowned as a strong leader, unfailing in his care, support and kindness for all. He had undeniable passion for automotive and building strong partnerships, he dedicated himself to creating value and practical skills for vocational students.

        With his passing, we’ve lost a very special man that truly cared for the people around him. He touched everyone who knew him and leaves a legacy of leadership and friendship. He will be missed by all of us.

        Read more about The Craig Brittle Award here.

        To honour former Dean of the Faculty of Trades, the Craig Brittle Student Award was officially established in 2022 to recognise outstanding apprentices who show aptitude in their studies but also exhibit strong leadership, team building and communication skills.