A celebration: as 25 students win awards for their achievements
The 2012 Annual Student Awards evening hosted at Blenheim Palace, saw awards presented to 25 students with one - 19-year old Zouber Khan - named Abingdon and Witney College 2012 Student of the Year.
Abingdon and Witney College Principal Teresa Kelly says: “Our Annual Awards event is a very special one for everyone at the College. It is about celebration: of the achievements of our students - 25 out of more than 7,000 - who have been chosen by their tutor and their peers as someone who has gone the extra mile and put that little bit extra into their time at college. We are very proud of every one of them.”
The evening featured an Interval performance by students on the College’s National Diploma in Performing Arts course. The awards were presented by entrepreneur, Stuart Miller, the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ByBox, Europe’s leading drop box logistics company. Stuart says: “The Abingdon and Witney College awards event clearly proves what we already know: that success is determined by a positive attitude and application. The students tonight have both those traits in bucket loads. As an entrepreneur, it was also great to see so many students and staff respecting the pirate gene. It's the principled pirates and mavericks that ultimately shift the market. It was great to meet loads of them tonight!"
Overall Student of the Year winner, Zouber Khan, is currently studying for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Service at Level 3. Zouber said: “I was surprised just to be nominated for the student of the year for Public Services! I am delighted and shocked to win two awards. I have always just tried to do my best. This has given me the confidence to complete my course to a distinction.”
Zouber was nominated by Phillip Whetren, the year 1 Course Leader for the BTEC Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Service at Level 3 in Abingdon, who said: “I nominated Zouber for this award for his determination through-out the year on the course. Not only his academic determination but for the physical barriers he has overcome. Zouber is an outstanding member of Public Services. He has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy with related motor and learning difficulties, yet this has never held him back. He is constantly cheerful and popular among his peers. He is exemplary because if there is a barrier, he hurdles it.”