Chelsea takes top honours

Chelsea Auld - Forth Valley College winner
Chelsea Auld - Forth Valley College winner

A computing student was awarded a prestigious prize at Forth Valley College’s graduation ceremony at Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday.

Chelsea Auld (19), who graduated with an HND Computing: Technical Support, won the Ivan Hanley Award – presented in memory of a well-respected former computing lecturer.

The Bo’ness teenager, who is now studying computing at Edinburgh University, said: “I was really happy to win the award, which was a huge surprise. It wasn’t something I ever expected.

“I enjoyed studying at Forth Valley College and it was a nice way to finish off my studies.”

Forth Valley College principal Dr Ken Thomson said: “Everyone at Forth Valley College is very proud of Chelsea and her efforts.

“I’d like to wish her all the best in her future career and am confident she will make a success of whatever she chooses to do.”

More than 900 students from 55 courses were eligible to graduate this year from Forth Valley College.

A total of 190 of them chose to collect their scrolls at ceremonies in Falkirk Town Hall and Stirling Castle.

Falkirk Council’s chief executive Mary Pitcaithly spoke at Falkirk Town Hall, while guest speaker at the Stirling Castle event on Thursday was Stirling MP Anne McGuire.

Dr Thomson added: “This year’s graduation prizewinners have worked extremely hard throughout the course of their studies and have been a credit to themselves and the College.”