CHESHIRE College – South & West’s Ellesmere Port and Chester students got their moment in the spotlight at the annual Student Awards.

Hosted within the visually spectacular rotunda at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus, it was a night of celebration both for the nominees and their families, and lecturers.

The range of nomination categories across subject areas reflected the diversity of the College’s offerings.

Level 3 Electrical Installation student Adrian who won the Construction Student of the Year Award said: “I very excited to have won my award and I did not expect to win it at all! But during my course I was always working to the best of my ability to achieve what I wanted, and I think that’s why my name was put forward.”

Maths Student of the Year Reuben said: “I’ve worked really hard in Maths, so I’m very happy that my effort has been recognised. A lot of people see Maths as a difficult subject but it’s so important to learn it for your future.”

Winner: Daanya Imtiaz.Winner: Daanya Imtiaz. (Image: Cheshire College)

Guests mingled and sampled canapés prepared by Hospitality and Catering students in the Ellesmere Port Campus’s professional kitchens.

When asked how students dealt with the demand of preparing food for such an important event, Level 3 Professional Cookery student Julian said: “We try to be very well prepared, that always helps! So, we used our time wisely today and now we have a great variety of canapés including chicken Ceasar, a fruit platter, and a feta, olive and watermelon platter. I really enjoy the College’s events as they’re so relaxed and friendly!”

It was an emotional evening for family and friends of the students, including Afshan, mother of the Rising Star Award winner Daanya: “Daanya is a wonderful person! She won quite a few awards when she was in school, and now she’s continuing that trend in College; I’m so proud of her.”

Lecturers and support staff were also present to join in with the celebrations. Sian Court-Ratcliffe, who teaches Health and Social Care said that said was impressed with the calibre of students this year, especially the four students who won the Wellbeing Ambassadors of the Year Award: “Amber, Lola, Samara and Alyssa are the pioneers of the Ear 4 U project which helps students to access support for mental wellbeing.

“These students have consistently supported each other and their peers and they have promoted positive mental health throughout the College; they have made such an incredible difference to College life.”

Jasbir Dhesi OBE, Principal and CEO of Cheshire College, reflecting on the awards, said: “Congratulations to this year’s winners! I think I speak for all of us, including friends and family, when I say that these students have been a credit to themselves and Cheshire College as a whole; we couldn’t be prouder of their success.

“We expect great things from them next year, whether they are continuing their studies with us or going on to the next stage of their adventure.”

Cheshire College are now accepting applications for September 2024 for those interested in studying a diverse range of subjects, designed to provide students with combined skills and knowledge that will fully prepare them for the next exciting stage of their life.

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