Greek student wins national award for educational excellence, outshining hundreds of nominees

8 July 2014

Local student, Konstantina Sardella, from AKMI Metropolitan College Athens, has won 2014 Outstanding International BTEC Student of the Year at the National BTEC Awards, held in London on 3 July 2014. 

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The ceremony was held in recognition of the nearly one million students around the world who are studying BTEC qualifications this year. Pearson Education Ltd, the awarding organisation for BTECs, received over 1000 nominations across the 20 award categoriesfor this year’s Awards. 

Now in their fourth year, the Awards were hosted by DJ and Presenter Jameela Jamil, at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. The attendees (who included the winning students, teachers, and leaders in education) also heard from philanthropist and presenter, Katie Piper, and were treated to a dance performance from BTEC students.

Ahead of the Awards Ceremony, the winners, their family, friends and nominators attended a Parliamentary reception in the House of Lords, hosted by Government Education Spokesperson, Baroness Sharp.  

Winner Biography: Konstantina Sardella

Konstantina Sardella

Konstantina Sardella was nominated by Georgia Tegou, Head of Department at AKMI Metropolitan College in Athens, where Konstantina received Distinctions in all units of her Level 5 BTEC HND in Speech and Language Therapy in July last year.

Konstantina developed an interest in speech and language therapy as a theatre studies student and was initially keen on the field of communications patterns and voice pathology. However, as her studies progressed and she undertook clinical practice placements, she decided to focus in the field of acquired neuropathologies of speech and language. She is now studying for a degree in Speech and Language Therapy as well as working as a volunteer in the Naval Hospital of Pireus where she is involved with the assessment and treatment of people with acquired neuropathologies.

Highly motivated, productive and creative, Konstantina's tutors describe her a role model for other students due to her immense enthusiasm and commitment to her studies and work placements, which included working with children in the college's in-house speech and language therapy clinic.

The judges praised Konstantina's commitment to her BTEC and subsequent studies, her strong leadership skills and her proactivity at furthering her experiences through her voluntary work.

Mark Anderson, Managing Director, Pearson UK said:

“The National BTEC Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate all that is excellent in vocational education and I always enjoy meeting these truly inspirational teachers and students.

“Every year, thousands of BTEC students go on to university and good jobs that really value their skills. They achieve great things in a wide variety of industries vital to the economy, ranging from business and engineering to ICT and healthcare.

“At a time when the value of vocational learning at school and college is continuing to be robustly debated, we believe the example set by these award winners is part of a growing body of evidence that clearly demonstrates their valuable contribution to both the education system and the broader economy.

Manos Kapterian, Vice President, Pearson Qualifications International said:

“I am delighted that once again, we're able to recognise outstanding achievement from the many thousands of students studying for their BTEC Higher National Diplomas.

There is a growing recognition of the importance and value of vocational education around the world and particularly the opportunities that BTEC qualifications offer students both in accessing employment and pursuing their Higher Education goals.

It is vital to support and celebrate the hard work and achievements of outstanding BTEC students, their teachers and the institutions.

I’m particularly proud of the number of nominations from our international centres and the high standard of the nominees which made the judging decision a difficult one. I am thrilled that this year’s award goes Konstantina who stood out as a truly exceptional student.”

Award winner, Konstantina Sardella, said:

“I am thrilled to win this award. My BTEC has helped me understand so much about speech and language development. It has also given me more self-confidence as well as the determination, motivation and the desire to accomplish my ambition of becoming a speech therapist.”

Watch our winner's video here 

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