Celebrating Success 2021: South Essex College commemorates outstanding student achievements

South Essex College has commemorated its outstanding students at the annual Celebrating Success awards on Wednesday 16 June.

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.

She said: “I'm really surprised that I have won these awards. I didn't expect it, but I'm so proud of myself because I know I worked hard for them. 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
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