Inspirational Joe wins college award

Joe Panasiuk
Joe Panasiuk

A SHEFFIELD College student has received a national award for his educational achievements and inspiration to others.

Joe Panasiuk, aged 18, was praised for being an exceptional enterprise student, young entrepreneur and teenage volunteer. He is a role model for his younger sister, Georgina, whom he cares for following their mother Elaine’s death last year from breast cancer.

The tragedy meant him leaving King Edward VII School without completing the second year of A-levels. He decided to take a one-year BTEC Diploma Level 3 in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship while looking after the home in Brighton Terrace Road, Crookes.

He also launched a publication, targeting students and promoting the work of local artists, musicians and photographers, and helped to found the BiG Young Entrepreneurs Club.

Now Joe is one of four students, the only one from the Yorkshire and Humber region, to receive an Association of Colleges’ Student of the Year Award. He won second prize. “I feel really fortunate,” he said.

College chief executive Heather MacDonald said: “There are so many students who make remarkable progress, and really come into their own, when they move into the further education sector. Joe is a remarkably determined young man and an outstanding example of that.”