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Awards celebrate students’ success

Awards celebrate students’ success

This year’s Student Awards evening took place shortly before the end of term in the Blackpool Sixth theatre.  The event had been brought earlier in the evening because of the England World Cup game. The clash with the football certainly didn’t diminish the evening which saw a full theatre of students, parents and guests celebrate the amazing success and hard-work of the award winners.  

In all around 90 awards were given out at the event, covering both academic success and wider contributions to the college and the community.  The coveted Student of the Year went to Josef Houldsworth for his excellent achievements in his BTEC Creative Media and A Level Drama and Theatre courses as well as his tireless work on behalf of the Student Council and in support of the college’s marketing team.

The guest of honour was former student Pete Ogden who is now a executive producer at ITV.  Pete currently works on ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ and his CV also includes many of the most popular shows in British television, including ‘X Factor’, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, ‘Big Brother’ and ‘This Morning’.  Pete has won BAFTAs and National Television Awards for his work.  In his inspiring, witty and heartfelt address at the end of the event, Pete told students how he overcome his initial views that a career in television wasn’t a possibility for him.  He advised the students to always focus on the next step, saying, “When you hold on to your history you do so at the expense of your future. Some of you will be excited about what’s to come and have clear goals, some of you will be nervous about what the future will bring. You’ve only ever got this moment – the future hasn’t happened yet so it’s in your gift to make it what you want. No matter what your experience has been up to now use it as you start this new chapter.”  Pete had also kindly taken time earlier in the day to speak to media students about his career and offer advice on how to build a career in TV.

Pete Ogden, former student and now an executive producer at ITV giving his address

The audience also enjoyed musical entertainment provided by college band The Beginning (Leoni Jane Kennedy, Dan Chettoe, Will Plunkett, Gabriel McCorry and Liam McNaught) and a solo acoustic performance by Macy Rodwell.

Blackpool Sixth would like to pass on its huge thanks to all individuals and companies who kindly donated prizes for the event.  If you are interested in making a prize donation next year, please contact Events Officer, Fay Stone

More photos of award winners to follow shortly.