Budding makeup artist Zoe Kennedy picked up two prizes last night (Thursday) at the Milton Keynes College Student of the Year awards.
Zoe took home the Citizen-sponsored Creative Industries Award, and the coveted Student of the Year prize received high praise from her tutors, senior college staff and her peers alike.
Her skills have already landed her some impressive work outside of College, she landed the opportunity to act as head makeup artist for an Yves Saint Laurent lipstick campaign, as well as working alongside an elite makeup team at London Fashion Week.
She said: “The thing about MK College is that yes, they teach you how to physically do the job, but also it’s the guidance on how to be ‘industry ready’ – that is so valuable to me.
“Every hint and tip I’ve picked up from my tutors I use every day. The support has been fantastic.”
Her personal tutor, Tara Conway said: “This young lady has gratefully received every opportunity she has been given, Zoe is a great example of an outstanding MK College learner.”
Another winner from the evening was Jacob Reid, 18, who picked up the Sports Science Award, sponsored by POWRX UK, while studying for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. When asked about the support he has received from the college he simply smiled: “Top class”.
After three years of studying at MK College Jacob will head off to Kent University in September with the hope of becoming a physiotherapist after studying for a Master’s degree.
College Principal, Dr Julie Mills, accompanied by Deputy Nick Isles, said, “This has been a breakthrough year for the College, our results this year, will be the best they have ever been. With more students passing more qualifications, getting better jobs, and better degree offers than ever before.
“What strikes me every year as I review and prepare for this event, is what an amazing city Milton Keynes is. If there’s something right for the city, the city will pull together to deliver it.”
List of Winners:
Service industries - Ellen Heavey
Music & Performing Arts - Jake Wong
Higher Education/Learning Skills - David Hilliard
Leadership & Business - Leah Worth
Sports Science - Jacob Reid
Creative Industries - Zoe Kennedy
Construction & the Built Environment - Boris Walderston
Sports Leadership Academy - Bethany Taylor
Learning Difficulties & Disabilities - Sam Harmes
Engineering & Technology - Saad & Fahad Javed
Community & Employment - Maddison & Melody Slade
Enterprise Award - Flowers in Arms
Apprentice of the Year - Hollyjane Jones
Academic Studies - Christina Avoumado
Computing & IT - Amber Franklin
Offender Learning - Phillip Purcell
School Links/Under 16 - Shanine Prince
Public Services - Harry Roberts
Care Professions - Lucy Simms
Outstanding Achievement in Sport - Michael New Jr
MK Community Foundation Adams Engineering Prize - David Maynard
MKGU Rotary Bursary Awards - Keith Prestidge
Three staff awards, chosen by the students themselves:
Support Staff Member – Chloe Phillipson, Youth Team Worker
Teacher of the Year – Campus – Will Alleyne, Music Lecturer
Teacher of the Year - Offender Learning – Geoff Sykes, Catering & Hospitality Lecturer
Special non-teaching awards went to:
Jackie Eadie & Jeannette Williams for their outstanding and much-loved service in the Atrium coffee bar at the Chaffron Way Campus
David Hill, Milton Keynes Council Chief Executive, for his unstinting support of the College