South Essex College celebrates outstanding student success

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

Celebrating Success 2021 winners:

  • Adult Student of the Year
    Abbigail Hutchings
  • A-Level Student of the Year
    Menisha Masson
  • Animal Care Student of the Year
    Gracie Ann Gleed
  • Apprentice of the Year
    Danny Mansfield
  • Art & Design Student of the Year
    Kimberley France
  • Building Services Student of the Year
    Kofi Smith
  • Business Student of the Year
    Ellie Gower
  • Early Years Student of the Year
    Emily Pearce
  • Engineering Student of the Year
    Ilya Petrine
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Student of the Year
    Nikola Zimowska
  • Hair & Beauty Student of the Year
    Leah Goulding
  • Health & Social Care Student of the Year
    India Ellmore
  • Hospitality & Catering Student of the Year
    Stacey Thrower
  • IT Student of the Year
    Enrico Obeng
  • Learning & Progression Student of the Year
    Luke Cambridge
  • Media Student of the Year
    Gracie Jewell
  • Motor Vehicle Student of the Year
    Benjamin How
  • Performing Arts Student of the Year
    Kane Crocker
  • Public Services Student of the Year
    Faye Inglis
  • Science Student of the Year
    Kacey Mizon
  • Sport Student of the Year
    Lily Wilding
  • Travel & Tourism Student of the Year
    Rachel Bird
  • Student Experience Fortitude Award
    Wendy Swinder Kaur
  • South Essex College Student of the Year 2021
    Nikola Zimowska

Mick Ferris

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