In the first year of establishing a college Urdd aelwyd, Coleg Ceredigion students secured first prizes in a number of competitions at the recent Urdd National Eisteddfod in Caerphilly.
Competing in categories that included design, science, film, catering and Hair and Beauty, the students collected an impressive 13 medals between them that contributed in securing Ceredigion’s position at the top of the medals table at this year’s Eisteddfod.
The winning entries from Aelwyd Coleg Ceredigion included Media Production student Hedd Morris, who secured a 1st prize medal in the Bilingual Poster Design Competition for Year 10 and under 19.
In the Science Project for year 10 and under 19 (Individual) category Health and Care students won all three top prizes: 1st Ceris Jones, 2nd Rhiannon Bryant, 3rd Ffion Beca Williams. In the Science project for year 10 and under 19 (Group) category the Health and Care student groups secured both first and second place: 1st – Annie Green, Chloe Biggs and Simone Barington; 2nd – Fflur Jones, Rachel Law and Lauren Sanders
Media Production student, Osian Hedd Pearson, took first prize in the Film or Animation for Year 10 and under 19 category; while Childcare and Education student, Lowri Bates, secured second prize in the Childcare Story Sack Competition.
Hair and Beauty students secured both second and third prize in the Level 1 Year 10 and under 19 category: 1st Kayleigh Layton and 3rd Shannon Nicholas.
In the Cogurdd competitions – the Urdd’s cookery competition judged by BBC’s Great British Bake Off finalist Beca Lyne-Pirkis, Deejay Harrison secured first prize in the Year 10 and under 19 category whilst Natalia Maltariska and David Bowler secured first and second prize respectively in the 19 to 25 category.
Anna ap Robert, Welsh Language Adviser at Coleg Ceredigion, said: “We’re delighted and very proud of our students’ success in this year’s Urdd National Eisteddfod, particularly as this was the first year the College competed with its own aelwyd. Hearing ‘Aelwyd Coleg Ceredigion’ announced on radio and television was a particular thrill. Hopefully this will encourage even more students to compete as well as participate in other Urdd activities next year!”
Coleg Ceredigion Principal, Jacqui Weatherburn, said: “I am delighted at the success of our students at the Urdd Eisteddfod this year. To achieve the highest award in such diverse categories and by students from both campuses, shows the consistently high standard our learners achieve. These are superb results and I offer heartfelt congratulations to all.”