Ben Turnough won the ‘Best of the Best’ award at the Barrow and District Association of Engineers annual prizegiving and picked up a £350 prize. It was presented to him by BAE Systems Maritime managing director John Hudson.
Ben, who studies A levels in Physics, Maths, Further Maths and French at Barrow Sixth Form College, achieved A grades across all his subjects last year and the panel of experts picked him top of all the award entries from local colleges.
He said: “It was a complete surprise to be nominated and for my interest in engineering to be recognised. The managing director of BAE presented me with the award and when I won the overall award he said ‘oh, it’s you again’ so I hope that will help set me up when I apply to BAE.”
Ben, who joined sixth form from Walney School, said the money was an unexpected windfall and just in time for Christmas.
Head of Physics Gill de Bourcier nominated him for his aptitude for engineering and academic excellence. She said: “Not only is Ben very keen to learn but his engagement in all of his subjects means that he regularly asks intelligent questions indicating a genuine curiosity. He is a focused, diligent young man with clear plans for his future.”
Ben is applying for a Higher Apprenticeship in nuclear at BAE Systems and hopes to go on to study a degree in mechanical engineering. He was also a member of the Sixth Form College Engineering Education Scheme team, which developed an idea to help BAE Systems improve the way it restocks submarines.
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