STUDENTS at a sixth form college in Darlington have held elections for the president and vice-president of their student association.

Five candidates were competing for the title of student association president at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, with more than 1,400 students exercising their right to vote.

Former Hurworth School pupil Tom Johnston was elected president, with Daisy Catterall, from Eaglescliffe, chosen as vice-president.

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All candidates created their own promotional campaigns and presented their views in speeches in the student common room.

They also produced short videos to highlight their ideas. All did superbly well, proposing changes and policies to enhance the student experiencer.

Tom, who is studying AS Levels in politics, media communication and production, English language and modern history, said: “Running for the presidency was probably the best thing I've ever done.

“It was great to see so many students taking an interest in their college and really getting behind some of the campaigns.

“I can't wait to get started and I'm really looking forward to working alongside the students.”

Daisy added: “Being a candidate in the elections was both a nerve-wracking and rewarding experience.

“Knowing I have gained the support and trust of both students and teachers alike is overwhelming and I'm really looking forward to working with Tom to achieve great things next year.”

Student services co-ordinator Beccy Stannard, added: “Tom and Daisy are really passionate students who are dynamic and determined.

“They already seem to work brilliantly together and fully supported each other during their campaign week. I’m very much looking forward to working with them.”