International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) Bachelor of Hospitality Management student Lorenzo Merriman was recently awarded the Minister’s Student Achiever Award in recognition for academic excellence and potential in the industry.
The award was announced at a special ceremony at NSW Parliament House on 27 September. Merriman was one of 12 recipients of this award that recognises the State’s “best and brightest tourism and hospitality students”, a statement from Destinations NSW said.
The awards have been in existence since 1991 as part of the NSW Government’s drive to grow tourism in the state, and as a means to acknowledge high achieving tourism and hospitality students. Destination NSW is the lead government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors.
“Tourism is big business and today we are rewarding the future generation of stars in the industry to commend them for their efforts and encourage them to continue on this promising path,” Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said in a statement.
Merriman is a third year Bachelor of Hospitality Management student at ICMS, and is also the bar manager at Coots Collegial Club located at ICMS in Northern Beaches, NSW, Sydney.
“I was very humbled when I found out I would be receiving this award, and think that it shows people are noticing the effort I put into my studies and my work. I am very passionate about hospitality and am already starting to create my identity within the hospitality community around me,” Merriman said.
“In the coming years I expect I may travel and grow my hospitality experience overseas and I am excited to see where hospitality takes me.”
Merriman was nominated for the Minister’s Student Achiever Awards by ICMS lecturer Nassima Kennedy who said winning the award was a great achievement and fantastic for Merriman’s resume.
“We’re all very proud of him. Enzo has been an integral part of the hospitality specialisation throughout his time at the college, he’s mentored his peers as part of his role as Basement Bar Manager and volunteered as a college and hospitality ambassador,” Kennedy said.
“It's great to see his achievements recognised on a state level and this reflects his work ethic and participation at ICMS - an environment that has seen him thrive."
Previous ICMS winners of the Minister’s Student Achiever Awards are Kylie Evans in 2010 and Chelsea McKay in 2017.
For more information on the Minister’s Student Achiever Awards, click here: www.destinationnsw.com.au
For more information on ICMS, click here: https://www.icms.edu.au/