Dragons Den star Naomi is Guest of Honour for awards evening at saltash.net

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By Em_Williams | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 13:12

Fresh from her success on BBC show Dragons Den, young entrepreneur and ex student of saltash.net, Naomi Kibble, returned to her school as Guest of Honour for the 6th Form A Level Presentation Evening at the end of last term. 

The event was held to celebrate the outstanding success of the 2012-13 Year 13 students.

Naomi presented prizes and certificates before sharing  news on the work she had been doing to develop her career and her frozen cocktails company 'Rocktails', since leaving saltash.net.

Naomi and her business partner Helen McAvoy won the backing of dragons Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne when they appeared in the Den last year. They were offered £80,000 but later chose to turn down the offer.

Since then, Rocktails has been enjoying increasing success, with many national stores now stocking the product. 

Naomi emphasised just how important it had been for her to become involved with schemes such as Young Enterprise while she was studying at school and added she felt strongly that the skills developed through extra curricular activities were as important as those delivered through the taught curriculum.

Students who achieved special awards in addition to their A Level certificates were:

Adam Riglar and Hannah Burtwell for outstanding community contribution.

Charlie Ray Mann for Academic excellence (4A* grades at A Level in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Biology).

Benedict Lucken for Academic Endeavour.

Rebecca Church for Sporting Excellence.

Sam Dando, Letty Atkinson, Alex Hunt, Lauren Craven, Emily Ruse and Emma Thomas who received the Buller Award for outstanding contributions to the school community.

Speaking after the event, head teacher Isobel Bryce said: "It is always so good to welcome back ex students whose successes are an inspiration to others.  We remain very proud of Naomi and all that she is achieving. 

We were also delighted with the results of last year's A Level students and it was excellent to have an opportunity to bring the year group together again to acknowledge their success and the contribution they made to the life of our school and local community."

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