2010 Prize Giving

MPW 2010 Prize Giving

MPW college awards a number of prizes in recognition of academic achievement. Last year’s prize winners include:

The MPW Outstanding Achievement Award
Hong Truc Phuong Nguyen
Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Economics)

The Huw Thomas Prize
Ben Mitchell
University of Edinburgh (English)

The MPW Medical Sciences Prize
Jointly awarded to:
Leo Whitehead
Imperial College, London (Medicine)
Victoria Bello
University of Birmingham (Biomedical Sciences)

The Winifred Durnford Prize
Jointly awarded to:
Varitha Techakesari
London School of Economics (Economics)
Clarissa Agnew
London School of Economics (Politics)

The Sylvia Trott Prize
Akvile Striaukaite
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge (Law)

The Martin Dyson Prize
Jointly awarded to:
Stefan Novakovic
University College, London (Chemical Engineering)
Guo Xian Li
London School of Economics (Economics)

The Denise Callahan Prize
Olivia Cartwright
University of Nottingham (English and Spanish)

The MPW A-level Retake Prize
Christopher Ogunlesi
Imperial College, London (Aeronautical Engineering)

The MPW Lower-Sixth Prize
Lei Ping
Now in her A2 year and planning to read Music

The Laura Freeman GCSE Prize
Alexia Wight
Now in her AS year

Each December, MPW’s Prize Giving evening is looked forward to by tutors and students alike as a fitting climax to the Autumn Term and this year’s event was no exception. The principal, Steve Boyes, welcomed prize-winners and their parents and teachers to an event he described as a highlight of the season amongst the damp and darkening winter evenings. He paid tribute to the hard work of pupils and their tutors as well as to all the support they receive from parents. This had made the choice of winners this year particularly difficult, as there were 38 students who had each attained at least three A grades. The outstanding academic achievements of last year’s students were marked by the annual ceremony in which guest of honour Alan Yentob, Creative Director of the BBC and himself an MPW parent, awarded the prizes. In his speech he recalled his own schooldays and his successful application to the BBC in 1968 at the age of 20, producing a copy of his application from the BBC archive. He joked that perhaps what got him the job was his mention on the form of having played Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the age of nine, when he had apparently been told “You should be a film star – you’ve got wonderful legs!” He hoped everyone would be as lucky as he considered he had been in his career, but also praised students who followed their passion and had the drive and curiosity to pursue it.