Students shine at Seevic awards

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Student winners at college's student awards ceremonyDozens of successful students at USP College’s Seevic Campus were celebrated for their hard work and determination at an end of year awards ceremony recently. 

Proud parents watched as students were given awards for their dedication and outstanding achievements sponsored by Ryan’s Heating Ltd, Pathology First, Plus Associates, Precedent, Cross ChemistGardners Home Interiors and the college’s Student Union.

Dan Pearson, Principal and CEO of USP College, presented the winners with their awards.

He congratulated the students and urged them to aim high to achieve their goals.

He said: “You’re here because your teachers 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. Let this award boost your self-esteem and remember, you have been recognised out of thousands of others to receive your award and you can do it again!”

Winner Sharna Robertson-BourkeThe Student of the Year award for 2018, sponsored by Ryan’s Heating Ltd in Hockley, was named as Sharna Roberston-Bourke.

A stunned Sharna, who collected her award along with a £100 Amazon voucher, said Seevic is like a big family.

The 18-year-old from Basildon missed six weeks of college due to a serious medical issue, spending a significant amount of this time in hospital. Despite all this she still managed to submit all her work on time and never fell behind, achieving distinctions in all her assignments.

She said: “I did not expect to win the student of the year award at all but I’m really happy and grateful I won.”

Sharna will continue her studies at Seevic and once completed her course plans to study Sport & Exercise Science at university and go on to become a PE Teacher.

Winner Charis ClarkeStudent Charis Clarke was handed the Young Professional Award, sponsored by Pathology First. An award that recognises the dedication they have shown to develop their employability skills.

Not only was Charis a lead member of college company Insight, working with companies such as Railscape, she also volunteered to work at the college and was the managing director of her Young Enterprise company ‘Ribbons’.

The keynote speech of the evening came from Mark Cotgrove, a multi-percussionist who has recently toured with Lisa Stansfield, professionally known as Snowboy.

He said “You never know where life is going to take you so make sure you take every opportunity when they come along. You are all talented people just at the beginning of your amazing journey, your time is now!”

Former student Nathan Long also spoke at the awards.

Nathan studied A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Law at Seevic before leaving to pursue a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry at Queen Mary University of London. He is planning to move onto a masters program within the same field and following that undertake a PhD.

He said “My memories of Seevic are very positive, from being the champion for the first ever MOOT competition at a local solicitors firm which had us acting as barristers in a mock court trial with real judges from real criminal courts, to sitting where you are two years ago receiving an award myself.”

He reminded students that no matter how hard life gets nothing is impossible, even the word says ‘I’m possible’.

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