Student achievements recognised at awards ceremony
SOUTH Essex College commemorated outstanding student achievements at its annual awards ceremony, Celebrating Success.
The event, held at the College’s Southend Campus, saw more than 20 students from across the College’s departments and campuses receive Student of the Year awards.
Students were nominated for a variety of reasons including outstanding achievements, overcoming barriers to learning and positive contributions in the classroom.
The awards were presented by guest speaker and former College apprentice Emily Hamlin, who took the opportunity during her ceremony speech to share her experience of being a female apprentice in engineering.
She encouraged students to ‘never give up, believe in yourself and break the mould.’
Billy Gibbons, who studies Public Services at the College’s Southend Campus, was picked from all of the departmental winners to be named as overall Student of the Year.
Billy has overcome communication barriers within the classroom, with British Sign Language being his first language. Far from holding him back, his tutors say he is the most determined and driven young man they have ever met. Alongside his dedication to achieve the highest grades in the classroom, he has recently received his gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Billy signed his thanks and delight to the audience after collecting his ward.
College Principal Angela O’Donoghue added her congratulations to all award winners.
She said: “Celebrating Success is one of the favourite parts of my job. All of our award winners should be extremely proud of what they have achieved, well done to you all.”
Guests were treated to a delicious buffet meal at the ceremony which was prepared by Hospitality and Catering students. Student Harrison Lemaitre provided musical entertainment with a DJ set throughout the evening and Ryan Jackson wowed the audience with his magic tricks.
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