A superstar polyglot student at Nelson and Colne College has spoken of the 'awesome feeling' of winning a prestigious award at the 2018 Fusion Awards after excelling in her art and design studies.
Having arrived in the UK from Spain in 2015, Aleena Nadeem's determination to thrive saw her overcome communication barriers to learn English - her fifth language after Urdu, Punjabi, Spanish, and Catalan - and blossom into one of the school's outstanding pupils and claim the UCLan Education Achievement Award on the awards night at King George’s Hall in Blackburn.
Presented with her award by Russell Hogarth, UCLan Honorary Fellow and Community Ambassador, Aleena had joined NCC in 2015 on an exceptional basis and went on to achieve Triple Distinction* in her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, displaying her natural talent for Textiles, Photography and Fine Art, and earned GCSEs in English and Maths.
“It’s an awesome feeling!" said Aleena, who is now progressing on to the University of Central Lancashire to study Fashion Design. "The ceremony was fantastic and very welcoming. I felt like a star! It was such an honour for myself and my family.
“I would like to thank the Fusion Awards for considering me for such an award," she added. "The credit for my achievements goes to Nelson and Colne College as I have really developed since I started in 2015 and the college staff who supported me so much taught me to dream big."
During her time at college, Aleena supported the ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ Fashion Show, working with other students from the college’s Creative and Digital and Hair and Beauty departments helping raise money for local Cancer Research UK fundraisers, as well as having her outstanding work showcased during the annual Art and Design End of Year Show.
She showed her entrepreneurial flair by negotiating her own work experience to teach at St Philip’s Primary School in Nelson while dropping off some of her younger family members at the school. In total, she has completed over 50 hours of teaching, relishing the chance to pass on her knowledge and skills to younger generations and fuel her future ambition to teach professionally, while leaving a lasting impression on the school’s leaders.
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