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Celebration Time As Fantastic Hackney College Students Bask In The Spotlight At Gala Awards Evening

High achieving students at New City College's Hackney campus came together at their student achievement awards evening last night, where they received their individual awards and enjoyed the recognition of their success in front of an audience of proud family members and teaching staff.

19 awards were presented on the evening at the event held at the college's Falkirk Street campus. The awards represented each curriculum area of the college as well as two special Deputy Principal Awards.

Special guest speaker retired police superintendent Leroy Logan spoke passionately about how his teachers helped him focus and encouraged him on to a successful future and he urged each of the winners to take advantage of the opportunities that lay ahead of them.

Mr Logan was a former student at the college and is now a trustee and board member of many organisations dedicated to young people's safety and raising aspirations.

Ms Lisa Coles, Deputy Principal at the New City College Hackney campus said:

I feel very privileged and honoured to acknowledge the achievements of our brilliant students who have made the college, our teachers, their parents and guardians very proud. You are truly role models for your peers and the next generation of students entering New City College Hackney.

Every student was a winner on the evening and particular highlights included:

Christian Paredes, winner of the Adult ESOL student of the year. He left his family in Colombia to pursue his dream of becoming a football coach. He works at night as a cleaner and then attends his ESOL classes at the college. Through sheer hard work and drive, Christian is jumping a year of his course and going straight to Level 2 English next year.

Laura Munpieni, winner of the Science student of the year. Described as an exceptional student, who achieved the highest results in lab tests and exams across all three related science subjects. Her teachers described her assignments as being at distinction level and showing a maturity, analytical thinking and thorough research.

Aaron Badibo, winner of Sports student of the year. He has excelled in sports this year, and is part of the basketball academy team, which competed in the London regional basketball championships. Aaron has excelled in his sport, passed all his exams first time and his elite sporting skills has seen him selected to play basketball in front of American college and prep school coaches with a view to him gaining the opportunity to play and study in the US from September.

Siven Junior Pilley winner of the Hospitality and catering student of the year. Siven led a team of students to the finals of Zest Quest, an Asian cooking competition in which the team won the Best use of Tilda Rice prize. He then went onto win the British Poultry Awards Student Chef of the Year. Siven's skills are so good he has progressed from completing his course to working in the college's new commercial restaurant, OKN1.

Selen Mustafa, winner of the Higher Education award. Selen started with the college five years ago, and enrolled on a Level 1 childcare course. She then achieved levels 2, 3, 4 and is now progressing onto an early childhood degree with London Metropolitan University. Throughout her educational journey, Selen has worked very hard to develop her writing skills, her self-confidence and career, working her way up from volunteer assistant childcare worker to a qualified nursery nurse.

The Deputy Principal's Team Award received by a team of students who participated in the Friends of the Earth initiative My World, My Home, which aims to develop young environmental leaders. They held an air pollution workshop at a student conference and delivered a petition signed by over 200 people and extracted promises from the Mayor of Hackney to improve local air quality. Friends of the Earth are so impressed with their progress they are continuing the project with the college next year.

Celebration Time As Fantastic Hackney College Students Bask In The Spotlight At Gala Awards Evening