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South Essex College commemorated its outstanding students at the annual Celebrating Success awards on Wednesday June 16.
The awards evening had to play out slightly differently again this year because of COVID-19 and social distancing. A video montage of winners was created to showcase their achievements with photos of students receiving their awards.
Nikola Zimowska, who studied on the Entry Level 3 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course, was crowned overall Student of the Year from all the departmental winners.
Her lecturers described her as ‘exemplary’.
They said: “Nikola is a constant presence among her peers, she is always there to support them and take on board their ideas. She has such a personable rapport with everyone and is always so helpful.”
Her dedication to her studies saw her develop in such a short space of time. She started on her course at Entry Level 1 and excelled in such a way that she leapfrogged Entry Level 2 to go straight onto Entry Level 3.
Nikola said it felt amazing to have won.
“I’m really surprised. I didn’t expect it, but I’m so proud of myself because I know I worked hard for them,” she said.
“I would like to say thank you to my fantastic teachers, it’s all thanks to them, they taught me everything that I know now and I wouldn’t have achieved this without their support.”
Principal and chief executive, Angela O’Donoghue, recorded a speech to winners congratulating them on their achievements.
She said: “Celebrating Success is one of the highlights of the college calendar, and one of the favourite parts of my job as principal. Things are still a bit different this year but it’s just as important to celebrate.
“All students nominated should be very proud. Learning is a lifelong process, the more you learn the greater your satisfaction and rewards in life will be.”
Winners are being featured on the college’s website and social media channels. For more details, visit www.southessex.ac.uk/news
Celebrating Success 2021 winners:
- Adult Student of the Year
- A-Level Student of the Year
- Animal Care Student of the Year
Gracie Ann Gleed
- Apprentice of the Year
- Art & Design Student of the Year
- Building Services Student of the Year
- Business Student of the Year
- Early Years Student of the Year
- Engineering Student of the Year
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Student of the Year
- Hair & Beauty Student of the Year
- Health & Social Care Student of the Year
- Hospitality & Catering Student of the Year
- IT Student of the Year
- Learning & Progression Student of the Year
- Media Student of the Year
- Motor Vehicle Student of the Year
- Performing Arts Student of the Year
- Public Services Student of the Year
- Science Student of the Year
- Sport Student of the Year
- Travel & Tourism Student of the Year
- Student Experience Fortitude Award
Wendy Swinder Kaur
- South Essex College Student of the Year 2021