Former A Level students from Cronton Sixth Form returned on the 19th of December to receive awards honouring their fantastic achievements during their time at the college.
The annual celebration is a key event in the college calendar, allowing staff to praise the hard work of their former students and to hear about the exciting career paths they have now taken.
Leeann Bellfield, Head of Cronton Sixth Form, welcomed attending guests who included The Worshipful the Mayor of Halton Councillor Alan Lowe, Mayoress Councillor Joan Lowe, West End actress and Patron for the Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts Zoe Curlett, and special friend of the college Rona Collins.
Over thirty awards from different curriculum areas were presented on stage by The Mayor of Halton to the exceptional students who had gone above and beyond during their studies.
Theatre, Media and English Literature student Ritchie Redmond took home the ‘John Collins Award for Outstanding Contribution to the College Community’. Ritchie, from Runcorn, was a student who became the very fabric of the college institution and an ambassador for the college as a whole. Insightful and intelligent, Ritchie enabled many others to feel at home and comfortable, offering sincere advice and guidance to peers and always on hand to help out at extra-curricular events. Ritchie has now progressed to the University of Chichester to study Music and Musical Theatre.
Biology, Chemistry and Psychology student Muniza Waseem took home the prestigious ‘Student of the Year’ award on the night. Muniza, from Liverpool, was an excellent student who always gave her best throughout her studies. She helped to raise £1500 for Macmillan Cancer Support through the college Medical Society and attended many lectures by visiting speakers. Her determination and motivation to become a dentistry student has been outstanding and she was voted ‘Volunteer of the Year’ by Liverpool Women’s Hospital for the way she interacted with patients and visitors. Muniza has now progressed to Plymouth University where she is studying Dentistry.
Once the awards had been handed out, Zoe Curlett delivered an inspirational talk to the audience. Zoe is a local girl from Widnes whose extraordinary talent as a singer led to her becoming the female lead in Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables in London’s West End. Zoe has since become an avid supporter of the college and a patron of the Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts. She discussed her remarkable career and provided invaluable advice to the students who are now embarking on their own career journeys.
Leeann Bellfield, Head of Cronton Sixth Form, commented, “We were delighted to welcome back so many of our former students, who have now gone on to study at top universities across the country. The class of 2017 produced many outstanding students who performed exceptionally well, achieving a 99.4% A Level pass rate and 81% high grades as a result in the summer. I would like to wish all of the students the very best of luck for the future.”
Student of the Year 2017 Award Winners
CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Textiles – Rachel Bramwell
Photography – Rosalyn Cottrell
Dance – Megan Tarbuck
Theatre Studies – Amy Littler
Music – Sonny Fielding
Film Studies – Samantha Webster
Media Studies – Rosalyn Cottrell
Fine Art – Mark McCormick
Graphical Communication – Lewis Cockram
Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts – Ritchie Redmond
SCIENCE AND MATHS
Biology – Shahbaz Khan
Chemistry – Martyna Kowalska
Physics – Daniel Burniston
Maths – Matthew Sampson
Further Maths – William Ellison
Mond Achievement Award – Vanya Barzilova
ENGLISH AND MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
English Language – Laura Farrell
English Literature – Olivia Darwin-Welsby
English Language/Literature – Daniel Swift
Modern Foreign Languages – Ross Hardy
Geography – Abbie Birch
History – Alistair Ward
Law – Amelia Critchley
Psychology – Vanya Barzilova
Sociology – Elisha Barker
Physical Education – Jamie Thompson
BUSINESS, IT AND COMPUTING
Business – Kelly Hughes
Accounting – Crison Sunil
Economics – Abigail Barber
Government & Politics – Amelia Critchley
IT & Computing – Matthew Bate
JOHN COLLINS TROPHY – Ritchie Redmond
STUDENT OF THE YEAR – Muniza Waseem