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Posted on: 04/11/2019

Jack Petchey October 2019 Award Winner: Alejandra Lozano Nodar

Alejandra is in her final year at St Charles studying A level Media, Spanish and L3 Criminology. She is also completing an extended project alongside which is testimony to her dedication and commitment to her studies. She has been nominated by both her teachers and cross college staff that she has been involved with as well as peers who all state they support her nomination “unequivocally.”

Academically, she is an excellent student who is always striving to exceed her target grades in her chosen subjects and she appears destined for good grades at the end of the year with a bright future ahead! Her teachers state that she holds herself to the highest standards and is a constant inspiration to her peers. She boasts an impeccable attendance and punctuality record.

Alejandra is described by her tutor, Melvin Gwanzura, as someone who embodies everything St Charles is about-“excellence with compassion” and all staff who know her, academic and pastoral, cite her as a “well-deserved winner”. She is involved in a wide range of activities in the college community but also in the wider community beyond St Charles. Alejandra always goes above and beyond to ensure the success of any event she is involved with. The College Chaplain, Heather Jamieson, states she is a student that can be “relied upon in every situation”.

A talented pianist, she gives freely of her time to play the piano at college events including open day and an end of year LS event organised by last year for parents, students, staff and external professionals and quite significantly she gives up her lunch to play and sing at every single college liturgy and mass, fully supporting the catholic ethos of the college. She is a member of the Chaplaincy Committee and assists at the Kintbury residential retreats organised by the chaplaincy twice a year where Jordan Macedo states she is an “incredible asset to the team”. She has also helped with a variety of fundraising activities during her time in sixth form. She was at the forefront of St Charles Week this year organising events that raised £700 for charity.

As part of the College Council, she is always full of ideas about how we can make the college a better place for students. She is social representative for the College Council where she is reported to do “a fantastic job”. Most recently she took a lead on organising a successful music event for students with Rhythm Studios, who she is involved with outside college. Alejandra faces personal challenges with resilience and is cited as unbelievably kind and someone who spends every opportunity trying to help others; a trait that has made her very popular within her friendship circle. She gives 100% to everything she does and we are confident she will continue to do so in the future.

On winning the award, Alejandra said she was extremely surprised to have been awarded but felt very fulfilled as a result. She stated she felt like all her work was worth it and it motivated her to keep going! She wants to use her award money to run another music event to help raise money for children at Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital. We have no doubt Alejandra will deliver and for the rest of her time at St Charles. We will look forward to having her back as alumni to hear all about her future adventures also.