Prestigious Award for Askham Bryan College Agriculture Student
Date: 12th July 2019
Celebrations were in order for Askham Bryan College student Samantha (Sammy) Atkinson as she received a prestigious Yorkshire Agricultural Society medal at this week’s Great Yorkshire Show.
Sammy, who has just graduated with a BSc degree in agricultural management, was presented with the medal in recognition of her commitment and dedication to her studies by the Society’s President, Tom Ramsden. A firm fan of the farming showcase, Sammy said she was thrilled and delighted with the honour.
Her connection with Askham Bryan began in 2014 when she began her studies for a Level 3 diploma in agriculture which she successfully gained; from there she went on to take her foundation degree, taking the college’s Stockmanship Award along the way and then gaining her honours degree with a 2:1 this summer.
Fiona MacDonald, Head of Agriculture said: “Sammy’s commitment to agriculture, particularly livestock section has been outstanding. Her enthusiasm shines through everything she does and she’s a brilliant ambassador for British agriculture.”
Sammy, whose home is in Richmond, has built up her industry experience, not only by helping on the family’s small holding, but by working at Leyburn Auction Mart and also helping at a local butchers, WS Rogers & Son in Masham.
And her future looks extremely rosy with news that she has been accepted by the meat processing company, Dunbia on their two year graduate scheme in procurement. She will begin next month and work from the company’s premises near Bridlington.
“Sammy’s dream was to work in the meat industry and she’s achieved that against stiff competition. We wish her all the best for the future and have no doubt that she will be a great addition to the Dunbia team,” said Fiona.
Photo shows Askham Bryan’s Sammy Atkinson receiving her Yorkshire Agricultural Society medal at the Great Yorkshire Show from the Society’s President, Tom Ramsden. Photo kindly provided by Christopher Winpenny.Back to all News