Students, staff and governors from the College of West Anglia (CWA) came together with families and friends to celebrate outstanding academic and personal achievements at the annual CWA Student Awards ceremony.
The awards ceremony was held at King’s Lynn Alive Corn Exchange and hosted by Assistant Principal Student Services, Paul O’Shea. 10 out of 30 shortlisted students from all three of CWA’s campuses were crowned as winners in a range of categories.
CWA Principal, David Pomfret, opened with a review of the academic year, speaking about cross-campus triumphs, success stories and achievements. He said:
“2021/22 continued to be a very challenging year globally and the Covid-19 pandemic presented significant challenges for our students. Despite that, it has been another extremely successful year for the college and it has been wonderful to celebrate together in person, following virtual events last year.
Our award winners have been nominated from our body of approximately 7,000 students and they should be very proud of their achievements. I’m extremely proud and congratulate our students on their commitment, standard of work and accomplishments. I would like to thank all the students’ families, friends and employers for their support and encouragement during their studies and for coming to celebrate with our award winners this evening.”
CWA Level 3 Equine Management student, Amanda Hughes, was announced as Overall Student of the Year 2022, as well as winning the Personal Achievement category.
Amanda’s nominator, Equine Programme Manager, Emma Pewter, said:
“Manda joined us as a mature student, with little self-confidence and no qualifications. As the only mature learner, Manda showed admirable adaptability and commitment to make friends and was a valuable and motivational member of the group, really helping younger students to make the most of their time at college.
Manda had a terminally ill son and through lockdowns, she juggled home schooling, hospital appointments, online lessons and caring for her son – and yet achieved Distinction grades in her exams. Sadly, Manda’s son’s health deteriorated and he died shortly before Christmas.
Manda has gone through the worst possible emotional distress and upheaval during her course. Her resilience and determination in the face of adversity, and the improvement in her self-belief over the past three years, are an example to everyone.”
The CWA award winners and runners up are:
Runners up: Amber Castillo-Roman and Jade Skeels
Winner: Jasmine Bentley
Runners up: Olivia Pulsford-Harris and Emily Riggs
Winner: Eva Davis
Runners up: Bradley Dent and Jazmine Armitage
Winner: Justin Veiga
Sport, Public and Caring Services:
Runners up: Angel Edwards and Charlotta Churchman
Winner: Lynette Morrison
Runners up: Maxi Anderson and Dalius Samulis
Winner: Samuel Uddin
Runners up: Olivia Dunne and Stella Smith
Winner: Crystal Hewitt
Personal Achievement Student of the Year:
Runners up: Hamza Shabbir and Kaitlyn Terry
Winner: Amanda Hughes
Outstanding Performance in Maths or English:
Runners up: Ellie Wood and Shannon Chandler
Winner: Jordan Richardson
Runner up: Julie Grimes
Winner: Brandon Acton
Business, Humanities, Science & Computing:
Runner up: Uyanga Purevsure
Winner: Ben Fox
Overall Student of the Year 2022:
Winner: Amanda Hughes
Overall Student of the Year Awards 2022 winner, Amanda Hughes, receives her award from CWA Principal, David Pomfret.
CWA Student of the Year Awards winners and runners-up.