Collingham Students Receive Awards for Outstanding Performance

Cife Ceremony held at the House of Lords with awards presented by Baroness Perry
Collingham students Crystal van Oosterom, Georgina Wilkin and Omar Asfar have won three of the prestigious prizes awarded annually by CIFE for outstanding performance in the summer A level examinations.

Crystal van Oosterom was awarded a prize for academic excellence across the board in all her subjects:  A level French, Economics, Mathematics and AS level Biology.  Her total scores in her A level subjects were:  French 576/600, Economics 513/600 and Maths 569/600 – including scores of 100% in five units.  Crystal’s achievements are all the more impressive given that she is only 16 years old and took all her A level courses in one year She has secured a place to read Economics with Management at Oxford University for autumn 2010. 

Georgina Wilkin won a prize for excellence in the Creative Arts.  She gained a near-perfect score of 580/600 in History of Art A level, and 575/600 for her A level Fine Art.  Her final art work piece included insects which she had embalmed using an amazingly intricate technique.  Georgina studied for her A levels in one year, while simultaneously working part-time as a fashion model.

Omar Asfar was awarded the College prize for his contribution to the life of the College during the two years he was here.  Omar joined Collingham in September 2008, after previously being educated in the USA.  He took A level course in History, Politics and Philosophy over two years, achieving three A grades.  In his first year, he also gained a B grade at AS level Latin.

Omar played an active part in all student activities, including participating in debates and playing competitive chess;  he was always keen to engage in discussions and to investigate both historical events and philosophical issues, often by means of interrogating willing tutors whom he intercepted in the hall!  His enthusiasm for study and scholarship often served to help and encourage fellow students, especially at moments when their morale might have been flagging temporarily. 

Omar gained a place to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford, where he is thoroughly enjoying the opportunities to explore his subjects using the extraordinary wealth of resources available through the university.  He will also, doubtless, play a major role in the life of the student Common Room and the Students’ Union. 


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