INSPIRATIONAL students and staff have been recognised at Chichester College’s annual celebration of achievement.
With more than 15,000 students and 1,000 staff at the college – the judges have a tough job picking the winners.
But 34 students’ star awards and five staff stars were presented to the most deserving.
Among those picking up an award was Lizzie Ogden, 19, who was named the Brightest Star of 2013 for work with ladies’ football in Chichester.
“During her time at Chichester College, Lizzy has been a part of the highly-successful ladies’ football team who won the treble (league, national and local competitions),” said a spokeswoman for Chichester College.
“Alongside studying for her sport course and playing football for Chichester College and Chichester Ladies, Lizzy takes time out of her own life to coach young girls and promote ladies’ football.
“Wanting to highlight the lack of playing opportunities for girls in the area, she took it upon herself to provide free after-school female football clubs in nine local primary schools.
“It was such a success, the model has been presented at the national coaching conference and is endorsed by the Football Association.”
The award is given to students who are considered to be a ‘true ambassador’ for the college or have worked hard to achieve excellent results.
Former students were invited back for the evening to talk about their carers and successes.
Among them was George Callow, gold medallist at WorldSkills, Hayley Wolfenden – British Airways cabin crew and James Budd – hairdresser and Brightest Star 2012, who all praised Chichester College for helping them reach their goals.
Awards in hair and beauty, construction, apprenticeships and land-based courses were also awarded to students and guests were treated to performances from performing arts, fashion and music students.
The Star Awards event was streamed live across the world through Chichester College’s website and social networking sites, with many countries tuning in, including Hungary, USA and the Netherlands.
A college spokeswoman said the Star Awards were a ‘huge success’ at the end of a long day, and thanked everyone who helped transform the sports hall into a ‘prestigious place of celebration’.
Most of the decorations were produced by Chichester College’s students and staff – with floristry at Brinsbury campus providing the flowers. Hospitality students served delicious food and engineering made spectacular centre-pieces for the tables.