A talented student at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College has been honoured after he beat thousands of others to an internship at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall.
Martin Deakin, 18, from Alsager, was awarded The Humanities, Language and Literature prize at the college presentation evening.
It was Martin’s amazing work experience which clinched the award, with another 39 students receiving prizes.
He interned at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall for two weeks, where he experienced the day-to-day running of central Government, performing administrative roles, attending meetings and researching databases.
He also visited Downing Street and enjoyed an exclusive look round Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s office.
Martin said: “The internship was really interesting – it lasted two weeks and it was quite demanding as you can imagine.
“I had to live down in London and it was absolutely brilliant. I’d love to go into the politics field after college.
“It’s taken hard work with getting my GCSEs and A Levels and having a profound interest in politics.
“That obviously drove me to apply for the internship.”
Martin is in his second year at college where he was elected as a student governor.
He is studying politics, psychology and sociology and has an unconditional offer to study International Relations and Politics at East Anglia University.
Fellow student governor Holly Brownsill, 17, from Tunstall, won the Janice Clarkson Award for Endeavour in Biology.
Holly was nominated after obtaining high grades in all of her biology assessments and plans to study biochemistry at university.
She said: “I feel really pleased and proud that somebody’s nominated me for the award.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it. I wouldn’t have done it any different.
“The harder you work now, the easier you’re going to make it for yourself in the future and the more opportunities you’re going to get.”
Deputy Principal Mike Hill said he is extremely proud of the students and their achievements.
Mike said: “As always, it’s a really enjoyable night commemorating lots of different achievements – some academic where students have done really well not just with grades, but with progress, and also celebrating things such as sports, arts and creative subjects.
“I’m very proud of our students.
“We have this idea that everyone who comes through our front door we try and add something to them during the two years they’re with us.”
College prizes were sponsored by local organisations like Staffordshire University, Keele University, Signal One Radio and Stoke City Football Club.