A student from York was one of those to stand out among the 60 students who graduated from WA College of Agriculture -  Cunderdin on November 16.

In his address at the graduation ceremony, principal Bernard Beatty, said  "We have some outstanding young graduands and I acknowledge their achievements as individuals and as a group. "One student, Matthew Reynolds from York, will take away eight certificates. "Together the students will receive a total of 242 trade certificates from Certificate l through to Certificate lll.  "A number will enter university through an ATAR or a principal's recommendation," he said

In addition to his trade certificates, Matthew received awards for Animal Production Systems stage 1, Plant production Systems stage 1, Automotive Workshop, best all rounder and the Westscheme award.

Evidence of the quality of students we have here was brought home during a visit by the judging panel for the WA Secondary School of the Year, for which the College is a finalist. One of the judges complimented them for their honesty.  He said, "... students in Perth tell us what they think we want to hear, yours tell us the truth". Another reason we made the finals was the commitment of our entire staff and I thank them for their effort, Mr Beatty said.

"It has been a very successful year with all the year 12 students  receiving a WA Certificate of Education.  "They also succeeded on the sporting field. "Here I must mention our win in the Glenn Jackovich Cup. "We  had success in shearing and wool handling competitions around the state and in furnishing where we won first and second at the Perth wood show. "Our students also did well in sheep, cattle and wool judging as well as the farm skills competition," he said. 

Dux of the college was Joshua West (Meckering) who also won awards for Animal Production Systems stage 3, Mathematics 3A/B and  Furnishing. Runner up to dux was Maria Spark (Goomalling) who received awards for English stage 3 and Plant Production Systems stage 3. Dux of the VET program was Thomas Howell (Harvey) who received awards for grain production and integrated science stage 1

Other award winners from the wheatbelt were Shayna van Bakkum (Shackleton) butcher shop, farm safety, the ADF leadership award and the Elders Farmways scholarship; Emily Mills (Corrigin) beef production; Jack Paterson (Kellerberrin) farm workshop; Stacey Wells (Moorine Rock) Mathematics stage 1; Shannon Pengel (Kellerberrin) Mathematics 2C/D, ECU personal excellence award; Jayden Applegate (Cadoux) engineering and Paige Bell (Kellerberrin) most improved student.

Year 11 students from this region who received scholarships at the ceremony were Dylan Booth and Matthew Lane (Wongan Hills), Samuel Cavanagh (Toodyay), Callum O'Neill (Northam) and Jarrod Clarke (Bolgart).

Lindsay McNeill

ABOVE: Matthew Reynolds from York with his proud parents, Vicki and Peter, after the graduation ceremony. RIGHT: The class of 2013 at the WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin graduation.