Students past and present were celebrated at Amersham & Wycombe College’s annual student awards event held last week at the Amersham Campus.
Over 40 students were invited to receive their awards in front of an audience of parents, friends and local businesses.
Guest speaker Sally Kettle, who rowed the Atlantic twice (once with her mum) gave an inspirational speech about her exploits on those epic voyages and how she used failure and success to help shape her future.
She was joined on stage by Principal Mark Sellis, Assistant Principal Alison Muggridge and former business student David Humpston (PJEA entrepreneur of the year) who presented the Student of the Year prize to Aileen Ready.
Aileen, who studied Access to Higher Education, achieved 39 distinctions and 21 merits on her course and passed her GCSE English and Maths whilst studying as a mum with three young children.
Outstanding vocals from Musical Theatre and Music students were a highlight of the evening with duets and a solo from the former and a solid performance from four-piece, modern folk-inspired band Every Wolf’s Kingdom. All band members study Music Performance at the college and play an unusual set of instruments including mandolin, ukulele and flute to create a unique acoustic sound.
‘We had a glittering extravaganza, with some fabulous performances throughout the evening.‘ said Principal Mark Sellis. ‘The event of course is all about the achievement of our students and it was great to see them receive awards for their hard work, with their proud family and friends looking on.‘