WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Jenny Uptners, of Main Arm, (above) took out Student of the Year at the TAFE Awards. Doug Eaton
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Jenny Uptners, of Main Arm, (above) took out Student of the Year at the TAFE Awards. Doug Eaton

Turning trash into treasure



RUMMAGING through garbage is an unlikely way to win awards, but that??s precisely how Jenny Uptners scored herself a truckload. Jenny, who completed a fashion course at TAFE last year, created a niche product ?V unusual handbags and wallets ?V using recycled industrial waste and other disused materials. On Saturday night, she took home the coveted Student of the Year award at the North Coast Institute of TAFE Awards of Excellence in Lismore. The Mullumbimby woman, 35, also scooped the pool in other categories. She was awarded Fashion Student of the Year, Outstanding Achievement for the Wollongbar campus, the Environmental Award of Excellence and the Fashion Students Vocational Club award for highest mark. Peter Jarrett, spokesman for the North Coast Institute of TAFE, said Jenny had proven herself the most outstanding student of the 2006 class. ??I said to her, ??I hope you have a truck to go home in??,?? he said. ??She??s an exceptional student.?? The awards are now in their seventh year and are growing in prestige. This year, 400 people attended the ceremony, which honours the best of the best in TAFE education. Peter said the awards were a boon to any recent graduate??s resume. ??The teachers nominate the student they think is the best, so it is significant to have an award listed on your resume,?? he said. ?? Keep reading The Northern Star throughout the week for more pictures of winners from the North Coast Institute of TAFE Awards.



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