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Student achievement celebrated at annual awards ceremony


Students across Greater Brighton Metropolitan College’s five campuses were celebrated for their remarkable achievements this week at the MET’s annual achievement ceremony. Former Heart FM Breakfast presenter, ‘Jack the Lad’ hosted the awards, with college CEO, Nick Juba and Principal, Helena Thomas presenting certificates and trophies to students for achievement in categories including ‘Inspiration to Others’, ‘Diversity Champion’ and ‘Brighten up the Day’. Winners included one of the best young female boxers in the country, a trainee chef who sought out a work placement with a MasterChef champion and a student who sat her final exam whilst in labour attached to a TENS machine!

Many of the students were awarded in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the face of adversity and there were several moving stories throughout the evening. Julie Nerney, Chair of the Board of Governors at the MET said:

“This is the highlight of my year. It puts everything that everyone working at the College does into perspective. Our students are at the heart of what we do and the students we are here to celebrate tonight will take your breath away. I am overwhelmed by the nominations and the stories they tell.”

The final award of the evening, Principal’s Choice, was won by uniformed services student, James Kennard, who has been on a remarkable journey at the College, overcoming severe anxiety and personal challenges to become a distinction grade student. His tutor Tom Harris said “James deserves this award for sheer determination and resilience to keep progressing onwards and upwards.”

MET Principal, Helena Thomas, said:

“I believe it is important to pause and reflect on the achievements of our amazing students who really deserve to be rewarded in front of their families and teachers. Choosing one overall winner from all the nominations that we had was incredibly difficult as there are so many students who shine for different reasons. James is thoroughly deserving of my Principal’s Choice award in recognition of the extraordinary progress he has made during his time at the MET.”

The ceremony took place on Wednesday 19 June in the Main Hall at the MET’s Central Brighton Campus in Pelham Street. Runners-up, winners, parents and teachers from across the College’s locations in Worthing and Brighton attended.

Here is the full list of runners-up and winners:

CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY

Runner-up: JASMINE RICE (BA Fine Art)

Winner: SUNNIE JONES (Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance)

DIVERSITY CHAMPION

Runners-up: ELLA SIMPSON (Level 3 Travel and Tourism)

Winner: BIANCA REZENDE (Level 2 Creative Media)

EMPLOYERS’ CHOICE

Runners-up: GERARD LAVICTIORE, LEON BANKS, ORION BIDDICK (Games/Computing)

Runner-up 2: JAMES KNOWLES (Level 2 Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry)

Winner: THOMAS KNIGHT (Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery)

INSPIRATION TO OTHERS

Runner-up: ZOEY ANNE SMITH (Level 3 Media Makeup)

Winner: NYASHA GREEN (Level 3 Performing Arts)

CLASS OF THE YEAR

Runner-up: PUBLIC SERVICES LEVEL 3 YEAR 1

Winners: LEVEL 2 TRAVEL AND AIR

EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Runner-up: PHOEBE GRIFFITHS JOHNSON (Level 2 Sport)

Winner: SHURIA RUSSELL (Level 2 Painting and Decorating)

BRIGHTEN UP THE DAY

Runner-up: CHARLOTTE PREDERGAST (Level 3 Travel and Tourism)

Winner: CHRISTOPHER TULLY (FdA Photography)

COMMITMENT TO LEARNING

Runner-up: BEN BUTCHER (Level 3 Graphic Design and Illustration)

Winner: KHIARA DARBYSHIRE (Level 3 Theatrical and Media Makeup)

EXTRAORDINARY DEDICATION

Runner-up: JAY BISWAS (Level 3 Sport)

Winner: HARVEY BAKER (Level 3 Public Services)

CITY AND GUILDS AWARD

Winner 1: JOE DAFUR (Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery)

Winner 2: MARLEY DONOVAN-GROVES (Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery)


PRINCIPAL'S CHOICE

Winner: James Kennard (Level 3 Public Services)


Photographs of the evening were taken by Ken Street.

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