The Zetech University graduation 2016 edition was a delight, complete with an exciting award ceremony to reward outstanding students who excelled not only in academics, but were also exceptional in co-curricular activities and leadership roles.
It was evident that the ladies dominated the list with a total of 10 ladies out of the 12 awardees receiving various awards sponsored by the varsity’s valued partners, before the conferment of graduands at the celebratory ceremony in November.
The overall Best Performing Student award for the 2015/2016 Academic Year was Jacinta Mbinya, who was awarded a shopping voucher sponsored by Eunitech Engineering; she also took home a captivating trophy presented by Corebase Solutions for her topping the Best student in the Faculty of IT. She was also the Chairperson of the ICT Club and a class representative.
In the Department of Engineering, Hannah Njeri was gifted with a shopping voucher for securing a distinction, serving as an efficient class representative and participating in varsity fairs across the country; in the Media department, Abigael Mataranya and Nancy Achieng were awarded fully packed gift hampers from the Nation Media group for outstanding performance.
Commenting on the awards, Head of Communication, Corporate and Student Affairs Moses Maina noted with delight that the varsity is keen on honouring those dedicated to academic excellence while actively participating in out of class activities, “this is a special moment for us as we recognise students who have maintained excellence throughout their study at Zetech; it is indeed refreshing to see ladies dominate the list and put out a challenge to the gents to work harder.”
In the Education Arts, Social Sciences and Tourism category, Sarah Musyoka received a trophy from Apex Physiotherapy for topping the section, while Millicent Odhiambo took home a shopping voucher presented to her by Playback Ltd in the Hotel and Catering segment. In business, Esther Wambui won herself an award sponsored by Jack Insurance.
The academic accolades also included the best in the Zetech Career Centre (ZCC) programme, including a special ICM given to Cynthia Chelangat Langat for her exceptional performance by the examining body.
In the sports category, engraved trophies were given to the most outstanding Male and Female Sports personalities of the year, sponsored by the Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA). Lucy Mbithe, the university ladies captain who previously secured the Most Valuable Player in the Nairobi Basketball Association 2015 games, was celebrated for her leadership and excellent play while Ring Mawen, an International student was furnished with a trophy for terrific play and discipline, in the men’s basketball side.
In music and drama, Zetech furnace outstanding member Godfrey Omungu received a gift from Music Company Kaka Empire, receiving his award from founder Kennedy Ombima aka King Kaka who was present at the event.
“It was necessary that we also acknowledge and celebrate students who have excelled in sports, music and leadership to express our appreciation for their dedication and notable efforts.” added Moses, sharing that the varsity talent identification and development initiative is designed to empower students.
The final accolade, the Chancellor’s Award sponsored by Eyeballs Marketing, was presented by the varsity Chancellor Prof. Susan Alfano Nkinyangi and Education PS Sammy Itemere to ZUSA outgoing Organising Secretary David Manza for his commitment and diligence as a student leader.
Saluting the awardees, varsity VC Prof. Edwin Wamukoya thanked the winners for demonstrating that indeed, hard work pays. “I also wish to take this opportunity to render our appreciation to our valued partners for supporting us in celebrating our best students.”