IT SEEMS Asher Jones’ successes keep on coming.
Having recently been named student of the year at the Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network’s (CCLEN) annual VET in Schools Excellence Awards, Asher has added to his repertoire with the Institute VET (IVET) in Schools Excellence Awards.
With more than 600 applicants for the state award, Asher was one of just eight recipients from across Victoria for his outstanding results in sport and recreation.
The award not only includes a certificate, but also $500 which Asher says will go to his mum to help pay for his new year 12 school books.
The humble student has also found enormous success outside of the classroom on the athletics track, but his dedication to his studies has been impressive.
‘‘He’s definitely worked hard,’’ his teacher, Emily Bongiovanni, says.
‘‘He came from a battling background in academics.
‘‘But he’s definitely worked really hard and put in the hard yards.’’
VET subjects give students a more practical approach to their studies which the students then relate back to the theory coursework. As part of the subject, students are required to complete a work placement, which Asher did at iDance in Echuca. Already a student at the dance school, the move to teaching was a natural progression and such initiative has seen him put his hand up to help out in his athletics club and the Echuca Pirates.
‘‘He likes to help out with the little kids,’’ Emily says.
‘‘He pulls some of them aside to have a chat about what they can do better.’’
The 17 year old Echuca College student has high hopes to continue his passion for sports.
‘‘Hopefully I’ll go to university and study Sports and Exercise Science in Bendigo or Melbourne,’’ he says.
‘‘All my studies for next year are based around that.’’
Asher really is a fine example of how hard work and determination really do pay off.