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