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Box Hill Institute’s Night of Nights

30 July 2021

Box Hill Institute held its annual Student of the Year awards on Thursday 29 July to celebrate students who have been nominated and selected for their outstanding academic achievement, leadership qualities, industry service and commitment to learning.

Due to COVID-19, the awards were held virtually but the spirit of success and celebration was as vibrant as ever. Congratulations to all award nominees, finalists and winners!

Clayton Utz Indigenous Student Scholarship

ZANE ALEXANDER, Certificate III in Plumbing

Zane works for a mechanical plumbing company servicing air-conditioning. He fell in love with plumbing after trying a few different trades over a school holiday period. He says he can imagine doing it for the rest of his life.


Clayton Utz Female in Trade Scholarships

KYLA TATTI, Certificate II in Electrotechnology

Kyla worked as an apprentice with a company specialising in on board diagnostic systems for the trains. She would like to work in signalling as she believes that the shift work will create a better life-work balance for her family.

PIPPA MACKEY, Certificate II in Electrotechnology

Pippa is a mature-age student who worked in childcare while completing a Certificate II in the hope of getting an apprenticeship. Pippa would like to motivate more women to enter a trade and as a mum, inspire her daughter that she can do anything that she wants to with her life.

ELIZABETH PATTON, Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Elizabeth has wanted to be an electrician since she was a teenager. She works in the building industry doing electrical work for apartments and high-rises. Her career goals are to move into project management one day.

MIA BOVILL, Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Mia works as an electrical apprentice, specialising in commercial and domestic electrical management and updates. Her career aspirations are to become an A-Grade electrician and to learn about green energy and home automation.

HAYLEY HUMPHRIES, Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Hayley worked three jobs while studying her Certificate II and has been supporting herself since she was 15 years old. The Certificate II led to an apprenticeship. In the future, she’d like to become an A-Grade electrician and an electrical technician.


SUSAN FENTON ‘Inspirational’ Award (sponsored by the Fenton family)

ALANNAH ANTONELLOS, Certificate III in Carpentry

Alannah works on-site in a male-dominated environment, a clear example that women can work in a trade and she is changing the attitudes of her male colleagues. Alannah is a role model for female friends who have been unsure which career to undertake and one of her friends is now a plumbing apprentice.

HESTA Health & Community Services Student of the Year

AMY ERBACHER, Certificate IV in Mental Health

Amy actively participated in class and she frequently stayed behind to ensure her colleagues were able to meet the requirements of the course. Amy was funny, engaging and an incredible example of the quality of students we have in our course.


HESTA Outstanding Student Award - Certificate III in Individual Support

SUMMI SHARDA, Certificate III in Individual Support

Summi is an active participant in class and is supportive of others. She embraced the learning environment and gained self-confidence throughout the course. As a compassionate, empathetic person, she has a passion for positive change in the nursing sector.


VCE, VCAL or iVCAL Student of the Year sponsored by the Gateway Local Learning and Employment Network


After completing his VCAL Intermediate in 2019, Alfie went onto complete his VCAL Senior in 2020. His teacher says that he has an amazingly positive attitude and takes the lead in any group work.

VETDSS Student of the Year award sponsored by AVAXA

SAMUEL WELLS, Certificate III in Sport & Recreation

Sam ‘s nominator said, “…not only does Sam want to lead from the front, he is also willing to help others and ask for help himself when needed. If there is an opportunity to build his skills, network or volunteer opportunities Sam will be the first one to jump at the chance.”


Yarra Ranges Tech School Student of the Year award, sponsored by Clayton Utz

RHIANNON KELLY, Telstra and Young Change Agents Tech Schools Coronavirus Challenge.

Rhiannon received third place in Young Change Agents Tech Schools Coronavirus Challenge and was invited to present at Telstra's national conference, Vantage. She developed a prototype app called Study Sync, which allowed students to remain in contact with their classmates, teachers and monitor homework levels.


International Student of the Year award sponsored by Bupa

KUDZAISHE (PRECIOUS) MAVENDE, Bachelor of Biosecurity Science

Precious is an engaging student with an inquiring mind, always questioning, always exploring, always seeking to improve. She sets high standards for herself and works consistently to achieve them, embracing all her subjects, indicating her willingness to stretch herself fully.


International Student of the Year – Offshore award sponsored by Bupa

ZHOU BOMIN, Diploma of Laboratory Technologies at Guangdong Food and Drug Vocational College, China

Zhou is known as an outstanding student who has achieved academic excellence. Her nominator says she brings a positive attitude to class, is helpful to her teachers and is a dedicated team player.


Indigenous Student of the Year award sponsored by Sing Sing Recording Studios

CHELSEA FAVALORO, Diploma of Nursing

Chelsea completed a Diploma of Nursing and is currently completing the graduate program in mental health for the aged care population at St Vincent’s Hospital. Eventually, she would like to specialise as a paediatric nurse or in Aboriginal health.


Higher Education Student of the Year award sponsored by Sing Sing Recording Studios

PAUL VAN NIMWEGEN, Bachelor of Applied Music (Composition)

Paul achieved outstanding academic results. His composition teacher said, "some of his creative work was among the best” he’d seen and it has since been used as an example of excellence to other students.


Vocational Student of the Year, Certificates I to III award sponsored by Salesforce

ROBYN SCHEIBER, Certificate III in Individual Support

Robyn is now working at REGIS Aged Care in Blackburn. She is renowned for her caring and compassionate nature and enjoys making a difference in the lives of others.


Vocational Student of the Year, Certificate IV to Advanced Diploma award

JOSH ALLISON, Diploma of Sport Development

Josh enrolled at Box Hill Institute in 2020 after completing a successful career as a professional athlete and coach, representing Australia at the Paralympics and World Championships. As an all-abilities athlete, he has provided students and staff with an excellent insight into the daily challenges faced by athletes with a disability.


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award sponsored by Sidchrome

LIAM CHARD, Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Liam completed the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology at Lilydale Mitsubishi. He said the school-based apprenticeship has given him a lot more knowledge about the automotive field and he is enjoying the practical, hands-on side of the training, and working and studying with like-minded people.


Trainee Student of the Year award sponsored by Sidchrome

OLIVIA RITCHIE, Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

Olivia is completing a traineeship in outdoor leadership at Camp Wilkin in Anglesea as part of a pathway to a Diploma of Theology. She highly recommends a career in outdoor recreation as she believes it is a field that can change lives.


Apprentice of the Year 1st Year award

PENNY LUI, Certificate III in Plumbing

Penny attended our 10-week Certificate II in Plumbing pre-apprenticeship program and completed all of the requirements in 9 weeks. She is a quiet achiever who always completes her work on time and to a high standard.


Apprentice of the Year 2nd Year award

GIRISH SHANKER, Certificate III in Security Equipment

Girish is a security professional at Nisbet Security. He was nominated for his strong academic results and commitment to his industry.


Apprentice of the Year 3rd Year award

RONAN NICHOLSON, Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Ronan has an apprenticeship with Pace Auto Electricals and is renowned for his initiative and working well under minimum supervision in his workplace.


The Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood Apprenticeship Award sponsored by the Rotary Club of Box Hill

CALE WILDE, Certificate III in Landscape Construction

Cale is a landscape construction apprentice with RB Landscapes in Kalorama. He was nominated for his passion for his apprenticeship and his leadership and mentoring skills.