High achieving students at a college came together to celebrate the academic achievements in a awards ceremony in front of proud parents and teaching staff.

New City College’s Epping Forest campus in Border Lane, Loughton, presented 21 individual awards which represented each curriculum area of the college, including two special Deputy Principal Awards.

Councillor Stella Murphy. Mayor of Loughton, presented two awards and entertainment was provided by the college’s SEND student choir, who sang ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’.

Phil Hall, deputy principal at the New City College Epping campus, said: “Our students have performed to a very high standard this year and should be congratulated on their academic and personal achievements.”

Every student was a winner on the evening, highlights included:

Amber Tassie, winner of the Business Studies student of the year award, had delivered high achievements in her course work throughout the year

She regularly produced a high standard of written work as well as putting in a large amount of independent study during the year.

Anna-Marie Dean, was awarded of the Beauty Therapy student of the year, after gaining distinctions in all her study units and GCSE Maths and English.

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the beginning of the year, Miss Dean maintained showed outstanding determination and commitment to complete her course.

Madison Law won the Mathematics student of the year after impressing her teachers by overcoming a low self-esteem and self-belief to be a success in maths.

She went from ‘low achiever’ to high achiever in maths, being unfazed by higher grade work and pushing her teachers for even more challenging course work.

Elise Modeste was named the Sports Studies student of the year after obtaining distinctions in all her course work and leading several primary and secondary school sports events.

Miss Modeste is also a 100-meter sprinter with a personal best of 12.1 seconds and is preparing to take part in the national championships.

Christianna Vitanova was the winner of the Redas Dainys Award for Outstanding Sporting Achievement who trains 18 hours a week as a GB rhythmic gymnast.

She often travels abroad to training camps and competitions, most recently winnin g three gold medals in the English Championship.

The winner of the Deputy Principal’s Team Award was the Epping Forest Basketball Team for winning back-to-back championships in two different leagues over the last two years.

They went undefeated last season, winning an incredible 17 games out of 17 in the Association of Colleges National Cup.

The winner of the Deputy Principal’s Award for Outstanding Achievement was Cody Muntean, who achieved full distinctions on her Legal Secretaries course.

Her work ethic has seen her secure a full-time job with top accountancy firm BDO Global, who she impressed during a work placement.