TWO students from a North Yorkshire college have been shortlisted in the finals for national awards - which highlight "exceptional students" from across the country.

Kizzy Wade and Mark Reynolds, students at Selby College, have both been shortlisted for Association of Colleges Student of the Year Awards.

The awards split the top students in England into four categories, with 22 students from 18 colleges making it on to the shortlist.

Kizzy Wade, a vocational student at Selby College, has been shortlisted for the Young Student of the Year Award. A keen poet and spoken word activist, Kizzy, who lives with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and OCD, was nominated for her commitment to raising awareness on issues such as disability and mental health.

Mike Young, lecturer in media at the college, said: "Kizzy is a true inspiration and I’m over the moon that she has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award."

Meanwhile, adult learner at Selby College, Mark Reynolds, has made the shortlist for the Adult Student of the Year Award.

Alongside his studies, Mark works for the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. In December 2020, he wanted to embark on a new challenge, so he applied and was given a conditional offer of employment as an Emergency Care Assistant with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. To finalise his application, Mark required his Level 2 Functional Maths and English qualifications - which he has completed at the college.

Daniel Rhodes, functional skills tutor at the college, said: "I was a part of a collective team that helped Mark and he was a real pleasure to teach. He fully deserves this award."

The finalists will be announced in November, with the winners announced in January.