Farrer student Kieran Sullivan from Uralla, is the worthy recipient of the VET (Vocational Education & Training) in Schools Student of the Year award presented at the 2018 NSW Training Awards in Sydney.

Kieran said his passion for agriculture and completing vocational studies whilst still at school would make him more employable after his HSC.

He was honoured for his vocational studies in agriculture, which is part of his HSC at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth.
Kieran said “The course has given me a wider knowledge of the industry including the importance of the necessity for sustainability in agriculture, and to understand the effects of chemical use on the environment.”

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall attended the award ceremony at Sydney Town Hall and personally congratulated Kieran.
“Kieran is officially the best of the best of all students’ right across NSW and has done himself and his family very proud,” Mr Marshall said. “It’s a huge coup for Kieran and our region. I congratulate Kieran on winning the VET in Schools Student of the Year award and wish him all the best when he represents NSW at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney in November”.

Kieran is no stranger to awards claiming various academic prizes at school including the highly contested Arthur Heath Prize Scholarship for outstanding results in agriculture in Year 11 and scored an Industry placement scholarship with a veterinary research company.
During his work placement, Kieran’s employer said he displayed a maturity beyond his years in completing the tasks that he was given.
Kieran has also excelled in extra-curricular agricultural activities including being an associate judge at the Armidale Cattle show and being accepted into the elite University of New England’s Growing Regional & Agricultural Students in Science (GRASS) program.
Well done Kieran – Farrer wishes you every success in your future endeavors.