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Vocational Student of the Year 2019 - Angela Moody


Angela Moody won Box Hill Institute’s Vocational Student of the Year award in 2019 for the outstanding dedication she demonstrated while studying the Diploma of Event Management, which she completed in 2018. She said, “To know that my efforts did not go unnoticed, was the best recognition I could have received.” 

Having grown up in an event and hire family business, Angela has always had a natural passion for everything planning, developing and executing. Although she had a number of years’ experience in events, she did not have the qualifications. She decided to enrol in Box Hill Institute’s part time evening course, which worked perfectly with her work and children’s schedule. Angela said, “Gaining my Diploma of Event Management was like putting the cherry on top.” 

Prior to studying her diploma, Angela worked in her family event and hire business before gaining a role at Yarra Ranges Council. From there she moved into an event role at Maroondah City Council. 

Angela said she learned a lot of interesting things during her studies at Box Hill Institute. She learned that there are going to be challenges, but there is always a solution, which might include thinking outside the box and learning from those around you. 

Angela said the opportunities that arose during her course were endless. She was able to take advantage of what was offered and gained real industry experience at some of Melbourne's most iconic events. As a team project, Angela and her classmates organised and delivered the first Move for Mind fun run, raising $10,000 for a not for profit organisation. 

Angela believes that the best part of studying at Box Hill Institute was the teaching staff who pushed their students but supported them on an equal level. She said all the teachers had extensive experience and were able to practice what they preach. They were passionate about what they were teaching and they were willing to go above and beyond to ensure students got everything they could out of the course. 

On completing her diploma, Angela has developed an events company for schools with a fellow classmate. The company is called In the burbs. Angela is exceptionally passionate about providing the best educational experience for the next generation and removing the event development and delivery work that teaching staff are often expected to do. Raising funds for schools allows them to purchase equipment and resources, and Angela brings her A-game ready to deliver the best possible service.