Over 350 guests filled New College Stamford’s recently opened Borderville Sports Centre for a spectacular ‘Brits’ style End of Year Student Awards celebration this week.

Over 2000 students were entered in to the competition and on the night, 8 deserving students were crowned winners after being nominated by their tutors in categories including: Level 1, 2 and 3 Awards for Excellence, Apprentice of the Year, Award for Enterprise, Volunteer of the Year, Determined to Succeed Award, Community Award and of course the coveted Student of the Year.

All in all, 100 nominees were voted in to the finale, where they arrived with pride and delight of their outstanding achievements this year to have been invited to the phenomenal awards ceremony held on their behalf.

Students dressed to impress, and alongside their friends, families and tutors, were welcomed with the glitz and glamour of a red carpet, wine and canapés.

Student band ‘4th Mile’ played live and guests were treated to dazzling dance and singing performances throughout the evening from New College Stamford Musical Theatre partners, Wildcats Theatre School.

The 8 winners announced on the night had previously been awarded certificates and prizes at internal events within their individual subjects so arrived in keen anticipation about whether they had one a Final award. And for Hydie Pangiban, Sophie Rodgers, Victoria Kelly-Gobuiwang, Ryan Whomes, Siana Long, Dyane Asba, Megan Thompson-O’Connor and Jack Hutchinson, their hopes became realty as they were announced as winners.

Yet, there had to be an overall winner and it was “truly deserving” fashion student Victoria Kelly-Gobuiwang, who was announced as Student of the Year 2016.  This was of course to the adulation of her tutors who had nominated her for the prestigious and respected accolade.

Victoria said, “I can’t believe it! I never expected to get this award.” Victoria’s humble response and amazing attitude to drive her career in fashion forward is just one of the many reasons the judges selected Victoria as Student of the Year.

Reading her nomination, Rachel Nicholls, Vice Principal said, “This award is for a model student who has developed their own approach to design that is experimental and distinctive, and which has gained them the recognition of one of the best Art Schools in the world – Central St Martins in London. Their determination to succeed as an artist and designer is exceptional.”

Compere Caz Dolby, owner of Wildcats Theatre School hosted the evening with professionalism and charm to rapturous applause from the audience.

As the event came to a close, delighted students, staff, family and friends heard from Chair of Governors, Alison Grant who perfectly summed up the evening saying, “Tonight’s Student Awards ceremony has not only been a celebration of achievement and success, but a showcase of determination and commitment to making a mark on the world that will support the futures of our students for the rest of their lives.”

“Building a successful career is much more than qualifications, and all our students tonight have shown they have what it takes to progress their fantastic achievements to the next steps in the exciting journeys that started at New College Stamford.”

Many of the students awarded at the event will be leaving New College Stamford for University and others will be progressing to higher level courses to further their prospects, but all will without a doubt be signing off for the summer with an amazing sense of achievement. A massive congratulations to all!

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