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Sophie celebrates Montgomeryshire Society Prize

NPTC Group learner, Sophie Gittins, has recently been awarded the coveted Montgomeryshire Society Award for her achievements, both academically, at work and in her local community.

Sophie, who is studying for her Level 3 work-based Diploma in Agriculture, as well as her Agored Level 3 in Farm Accounts and Rural Business, is now in her final year at the College as well as playing a vital role on her family’s beef and sheep farm in Berriew.

As an active member of Tregynon YFC, Sophie is no stranger to club, county, and national YFC competitions having taken part in county YFC quad bike competitions as well as being a member of the county winning farm efficiency with safety competition on more than one occasion!
Sophie’s talents don’t stop there. As a member of the local ladies’ football team, Sophie is able to exercise her sporting talents, and has even been selected to play bowls in the Junior International Bowls competition in Ireland later this year.

While at home, as well as playing a pivotal role on the family farm, Sophie can also be found helping to look after her sister in a caring capacity.

NPTC Group lecturer, Martin Watkin, explained: “Sophie is keen to embrace new ideas and to continue to develop the family beef and sheep farm. She is keen to travel to experience new technologies and has recently led a group of agricultural apprentices on a visit to Holland, where she spent two weeks working on a range of agricultural work placements and visiting examples of up-to-date land-based technology.”

Sophie was awarded the Montgomeryshire Society NPTC Group Prize for Further Education Achievement by Michael Gibbon QC who, along with his wife Amanda, attended Sophie’s award presentation on 24 March 2014.

Martin Watkin explained: “The Montgomeryshire Society NPTC Group Prize is given annually to the College student who has shown consistently good academic performance and who has also made a significant contribution to the social side of the College and to the local community. Sophie has become an outstanding student over the last year or so, always keen to develop her range of experience and take new ideas back to the family business. She always works extremely hard to ensure that all her work is to a high standard and she has demonstrated a strong willingness to help others and has recently produced a detailed report and presentation on her College group’s recent visit to Holland.”

The Montgomeryshire Society was founded in 1927 and is a London-based association for people who have links with the old Welsh county of Montgomeryshire. With members from many backgrounds and occupations, the society works to promote social and cultural events throughout the year, as well as organising competitions for students in Montgomeryshire.

Picture: NPTC Group Learner, Sophie Gittins, being presented with her award by Michael Gibbon QC.