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Honours for Bishop Burton students

Bishop Burton College has sponsored the inaugural Rural Awards, organised by the Yorkshire Post newspaper, and seen both a current student and a former student pick up prestigious prizes. 23-year-old Martina Robinson was named “Student of the Year” at the ceremony at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Judges were blown away by Martina’s academic achievements whilst battling against a highly debilitating condition. During her seven years at College, she has progressed through the Level 1, 2 and 3 Agriculture courses, gaining numerous distinctions along the way, and has now started a degree programme. This is all despite suffering from dystonic cerebral palsy, which results in Martina having around 45 seizures every evening, leaving her severely fatigued. The judges commented: “Martina stormed through her studies achieving a string of distinctions, while all the time mucking in on the college farm, from overnight lambing duties to volunteering to help on Open Farm Sunday.”

Former Bishop Burton agriculture student Josh Lawn was named Young Farmer of the Year. Josh, 18. currently farms with his father on 180 acres in West Yorkshire.