Harry Wheeldon, a talented student from Kirklees College, won the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy’s Level 2 Student of the Year award during a London ceremony on Wednesday.
CPG PHOTOGRAPHY Harry Wheeldon is presented his award from HRH The Duke of York KG, Peter Jones CBE and Gareth Goddard, Head of Products and Purchasing from Data Select who sponsored the award.
Harry, 17, from Holmfirth, was presented a trophy and prize by Peter Jones CBE in front of his friends and family, as well as hundreds of students from colleges across the country, who all came together for the prestigious Peter Jones Enterprise Academy annual graduation.
Hundreds of students collected scrolls from Peter Jones on stage and Harry was one of a select few to win an award.
Harry was studying the Level 2 BTEC in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Kirklees College, when he was nominated by college staff.
Harry fought off competition from several other colleges and was chosen for the honour due to his commitment to the course and being pro-active during his time at the Academy.
Harry said: “It feels amazing to have won this award. This journey has been unforgettable and I leave the Academy feeling confident and happy about my future!”
Harry also displayed incredible grit and determination in his teamwork and inspired his classmates to perform better. Staff at Kirklees College said he was ‘surpassing expectations on the course’.
Harry’s tutor, Lydia Butterworth, said: “Harry is a super bright individual, always ahead with his work, throwing himself into everything. Harry shows determination and leadership skills beyond his age and he really deserves this award.”
Peter Jones Foundation CEO Jonny Sobczyk, said: “Harry is a really impressive student that has played a leading role in his class. I’m delighted that he has been recognised for the impact he has made on his fellow students.”
The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, run by the Peter Jones Foundation, is a nationwide network of colleges that deliver specialist courses in enterprise and entrepreneurship. Students are encouraged to set up their own businesses, from which they gain real-life experience of running their very own company.
Jonny Sobczyk continued: “I’m proud of all of the students that graduated this year and have every faith that they will go on to do remarkable things. The day was a fantastic celebration of their achievements during their time with us.”
During the ceremony, the students received a royal visit from HRH The Duke of York, KG, Patron of the Peter Jones Foundation, as well as video messages of congratulations from various celebrities, including James Corden, Jack Whitehall, Holly Willoughby and Michael McIntyre.