Seevic students shine at awards ceremony
Tuesday, 04 July 2017
Proud parents watched as students were given awards for their can-do attitude, respectfulness and inspirational achievements.
Dan Pearson, Principal and CEO of Seevic College, presented the winners with their awards.
He congratulated the students and urged them to aim high to achieve their goals.
He said: “Your names are up here because your tutors have noticed in you genius, talent or high self-esteem.
"Don’t ever listen to negative people that tell you you can’t do something. Remember the power of achievement and self-esteem. Do not settle for mediocrity or second best.
“Keep striving, keep pushing forward and keep achieving.”
Student of the Year for 2017 was named as Rachel Wathan.
Rachel, who has gained a place at the University of Hertfordshire to study Fine Art, plans to continue her study with an MA in Art Therapy.
The 20-year-old has spent the last year volunteering with women and children; working diligently to support an art therapist in a Basildon refuge, alongside exploring mental health issues through honest and personal artworks.
A stunned Rachel, who collected her award along with a £100 Amazon voucher, said she loved her time at Seevic.
She said: “I was so surprised to win Student of the Year.
“Seevic is amazing, I couldn’t recommend it more. I am leaving this year and I want to go on to become an art therapist.”
Her mum, Jenny, added: “I am thrilled to bits. The art and learning support departments at Seevic have been absolutely fantastic. They have seen her through the last two years.”
Dedicated fundraiser Gracie Sargent was handed the Tom Moulton Award. This award is given in memory of an ex-student at Seevic, Tom Moulton who died in two years ago.
The Tom Moulton Award is for a student who has contributed to the community by helping others and being involved in charity fundraising to make a difference – and to “Be More Tom”.
Gracie is fundraising for a trip to Botswana in 2018 with the college, where she will work with the local village people to carry out rhinoceros conservation work. She has also carried out fundraising and a Christmas card collection for Bradley Lowery who suffers from terminal cancer, as well as volunteering for the Canvey Youth Project’s charity events later this year.
The keynote speech of the evening came from Daniel Fountain who studied A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Seevic before leaving to pursue a degree at the University of Nottingham. He is planning to work as a doctor.
He reminded students that the journey to their goals would not always be smooth and to persevere through setbacks.
He said: “I’d like to thank all the tutors that helped me go through college, I was struggling with Maths but thanks to their help I managed to get the grade I needed to.
“My journey towards being a doctor has been a bit of a bumpy one. All of your journeys will be interesting but they won’t be smooth. You will have to overcome obstacles. Don’t ever let that put you off.”
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