Technology whiz Meg Maroni named TAFE student of the year

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South Regional TAFE vocational student of the year Meg Maroni
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Albany technology whiz Meg Maroni has been named South Regional TAFE’s vocational student of the year from the college’s 12 campuses.

There were seven major award winners from the Great Southern in South Regional TAFE’s annual awards for excellence, with Ms Maroni sharing the top honour with Bunbury’s Kyron Nunn.

She also received the Apex Club of Albany’s Great Southern vocational student of the year award.

Albany’s Eden Coyne was named South Regional TAFE’s Aboriginal student of the year.

Ms Maroni was recognised for her stand-out academic excellence and resourcefulness, and for her strong relationships with her peers.

She recently completed a Certificate IV in Information Technology.

“It was such a tough year for myself and everyone, so I wasn’t expecting it,” she said.

The 23-year-old’s qualifications have landed her a job as a technical support officer at Little Grove Primary School.

“I was very fortunate that a TAFE lecturer was kind enough to have me volunteer at the school with him and learn the role, as a part of my study, and to take over the role from him when he left,” she said.

“He trained me in his last six months at the school and I applied for it and got the role.”

Ms Maroni will continue studies with Deacon University next year, focusing on computer science.

While she has not yet decided exactly where to start her career, she is passionate about the field.

“I love the subject, I love everything about computer science and software,” she said.

“I know for a lot of people it is frustrating doing trial and error to get things working, but that is the thing I love the most about it. You can keep trying, and a lot of the time you will slowly figure it out.

“It is little rewards, but a lot of rewards — I find it exciting.”

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