© Cory Hurley
David Noel, poses for a picture after receiving the Governor General's Academic Award.
David Noel didn’t want to settle for a life as a carpenter, so he set about bettering his education.
The Springdale native was recognized for his hard work and dedication academically during the College of the North Atlantic Spring Graduation and Recognition Ceremony in Corner Brook.
Noel not only received the President’s Medal of Excellence for highest academic standing in the civil engineering technology program, but the Governor General’s Academic Award for highest overall academic achievement of the entire graduating body.
The graduate, who finished with a 93.6 per cent average, said striving for academic excellence was embedded in him at a young age by his parents — a pair of teachers.
“It means a lot,” he said of receiving the awards. “I put a lot of effort into school itself, and into maintaining a good average.”
As a mature student returning to the classroom setting, there was some doubt to how he would adapt.
However, already going through the education process as a student out of high school — dealing with the extracurricular pressures and freedoms — he said it proved easier to focus on excellence this time around.
Working as a carpenter, Noel said he knew he had found his calling in the construction industry. However, he felt he had more to offer.
“I went into this so I could work with a general contractor type of thing,” he said.
Noel has already secured full-time employment with Brook Construction in Corner Brook.