Risedale College celebrates pupil achievements at presentation night

Risedale College has recognised students’ achievements at a prestigious annual awards celebration evening.

This year’s guest speakers were successful businessmen Dan White and Brandon Bell, both former pupils of Risedale.

Dan and Brandon spent the day at school meeting with students, answering questions, sharing their life experiences and notable accomplishments.

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Mrs Zaranko, assistant principal, said: “Our students were really impressed with Dan and Brandon’s achievements and we as a school are extremely proud of them too.

“I’m sure their thoughtful and motivational words will be a source of inspiration to them for many years to come.”

Both Dan and Brandon strive, in both their personal and professional lives, to challenge preconceptions and work towards a better future.

Brandon advocates that there is “never a stupid question”.

The pair are currently working together on a new project for Dan’s company The Behaviouralist.

Dan said: “It’s been great to visit Risedale after leaving more than 20 years ago.

“It’s been a real honour to be invited to speak to the students and attend presentation evening. I wish them every success for the future.”

Awards were presented for excellence in all subject areas, as well as recognising sporting achievement at Area, County and National level.

Other specialist awards were presented for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Most Improved Attitude to Learning and the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.

The evening was hosted by Charlie Bell and Sushana Thapa Magar, head boy and girl.

Entertainment was provided by singer Tia Thackray, guitarist David Bulmer and pianist Annie Stott.