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NMIT students win national awards

27 Jun 2008

NMIT is once again proving that its students are amongst the best in the nation, with students scoring prizes in top competitions with a few days of each other this month.

Veronica Arkins, who studies jewellery design at NMIT's Fairfield campus, won a second prize in her category in the prestigious AGR Matthey jewellery design awards on 10 July.

Fellow NMIT student Tae Schmeisser also made the finals of the award.

Jewellery company AGR Matthey sponsor The Next Generation Jewellery Design Awards to encourage innovation in design.

Students and apprentices send drawings to the competition and from these designs 25 finalists are chosen. The shortlisted candidates are supplied with precious metals to work up their design, and the finished pieces are submitted for judging in the finals.

Veronica came second in the category 'The Gambler' with her magnificent square gold ring featuring designs of hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades on each side.

Claudia Karvan presented the awards at a glamorous ceremony in Melbourne Federation Square.

Veronica and Tae's achievements were quickly followed by NMIT apprentices Patrick Taylor and Chris Demetriou, who won silvers at the National Worldskills competition on 13 July.

WorldSkills is a competition in which young people under 23 from a range of trades compete against their peers from across the nation.

Competitors are set a complex project, and are then judged on the skills exhibited in their work.

Patrick Taylor was competing in the jewellery section and after three days of hard work was awarded silver for his skills in creating the assigned pendant.

Second year landscape apprentice Chris Dimitriou originally placed third in the landscape section, but in a surprise twist the second place getter was disqualified so Chris came home with the silver.


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