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Friends and family celebrate success at Cheshire College Student Awards 

Jun 24

Friends and family celebrate success at Cheshire College Student Awards 

The students at Cheshire College – South & West’s Crewe Campus were treated to a glamorous Awards Ceremony last night, a culmination of a year’s worth of hard work, determination and talent. 

Friends and family accompanied the students and were greeted with drinks and canapés prepared by Hospitality and Catering students in the Campus’s industry-standard kitchens. Asked about preparing for the evening, Hospitality and Catering student Luke (who was also the evening’s Ambassador of the Year Award) said: “As long as you come up with a plan with the team, it should all fall into place and work like clockwork. It’s all about good communication and having a great team around you.” 

The evening’s compère was none other than Stuart Pollitt, of Restless Films, who read out testimonials from lecturers about each student’s achievements. 

A Level student Harrison, who is studying English Language, English Literature and Spanish, and has been offered a place at Cambridge University, won the English & Languages Student of the Year Award. Harrison commented: “It’s a massive honour, and I feel quite in awe, to be honest! There are so many dedicated English and Languages students who deserved this award, so to be chosen makes me feel over-the-moon.”  

Cheshire College offers A Levels exclusively at its Crewe Campus, however A Level students were far from the only people to be rewarded at the ceremony. BTEC, Higher Education, T Level, International students and more received glowing praise and accolades throughout the night. 

BA (Hons) Art & Design student Claire outlined the importance of being recognised for her contributions: “I’m really proud of what I’ve done, and I’m happy the College could see the work I put in.  

“My Higher Education course at College has been amazing. I can stay at home, and it’s made me feel more confident in myself. I also want to say a massive thank you to my lecturer Mike Smith; he’s been absolutely fantastic, and I can’t fault him!” 

Amongst the proud family and friends was Wendy Merrick who, along with husband Rob, described how she felt seeing her son Louis take to the stage to receive his Business & Computing Student of the Year Award: “As his parents we’re really proud; Louis has done so well and worked really hard. We’re quite an entrepreneurial family, so it feels quite special that he’s won the Business Award!”  

Meanwhile Monica Barnes, one of the College’s International Officers said of the International department’s nominee Jason: “Jason was born in Hong Kong but came to the UK to study BTEC Music Production Level 3 at Crewe Campus. He specialises in the French Horn, and he has always been fully committed to his course. Next academic year he will be studying a Bachelor of Music with Honours at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. His dream is to play with a professional orchestra around the world, and as a department we truly believe that he will achieve his dream.” 

Jasbir Dhesi OBE, Principal and CEO of Cheshire College said that the quality of nominees this year was stronger than ever before: “Every year we are more and more impressed with the student nominees. Our students go above and beyond to achieve success and as a College we are incredibly proud of them all. 

“Our lecturers and support staff work tirelessly to make sure our students have the best chances for success, and the Student Awards prove just how highly our staff think of the students and vice versa.”  

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Full List of Winners 

A Level Student of the Year (Creative & Enterprise) – Samuel Reeves 

A Level Student of the Year (STEM) – Connie Pearse 

A Level Student of the Year (Humanities & Social Sciences) – James Li-Campbell  

A Level Student of the Year (English & Languages) – Harrison Kasperowicz 

The Futures Student of the Year – Hollie Simpson 

Access to Higher Education Student of the Year – Marta Chwaszczewska 

Arts & Media Student of the Year – Chloe Smith 

Business & Computing Student of the Year – Louis Merrick 

Construction Student of the Year – Shane Straker 

Engineering Student of the Year – Sonny Wortley 

Health & Social Care Student of the Year – Lucie Roberts 

Childcare & Education Student of the Year – Maisie Everall 

Hair, Beauty & Barbering Student of the Year – Kerry Grainger 

Hospitality & Catering Student of the Year – Amy Phillips 

Science Student of the Year – Cody Higson 

Public Services and Sport Student of the Year – Iwan Evans 

Motor Vehicle Student of the Year – Finley Geddes-Joubert 

Travel & Tourism Student of the Year – Harry Cusselle 

Performing & Production Arts Student of the Year – Ailie Small 

T Level Student of the Year – Poppy Clarke 

T Level Student of the Year – Rebecca Mitchell 

T Level Student of the Year – Matthew Harris 

Learning for Life & Work Student of the Year – James Brown 

Outstanding Achievement (Foundation Level) Award – Elliott Turner 

Outstanding Achievement (Intermediate Level) Award – Luke Edwards 

Outstanding Achievement (Intermediate Level) Award – Kinga Nawrot 

Petty Pool Student of the Year – James Newall 

English Student of the Year – Charlie Murphy 

Maths Student of the Year – Dane Rafferty 

ESOL Student of the Year – Michelle Gisella 

Rising Star Award – Ellen Newman 

Higher Education Student of the Year – Claire Edwards 

International Student of the Year – Tin Yau Cheung (Jason) 

Sports Achiever of the Year – Charlie Welsh 

Award for Outstanding Progress – Ben Baddeley 

Award for Exceptional Enterprise & Innovation – Zak Boffey 

Award for Outstanding Contribution to College Life – Andre Adams 

Cheshire College – South & West Ambassador of the Year – Luke Smith 

Wellbeing Ambassador of the Year – Rebecca Clarke 



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