ACK awards 23 students in voluntary development program
The Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) recently held a special ceremony honoring 23 students who have successfully completed requirements for its ‘ACK Award.’
The ACK Award was established by the College in 2014 as a voluntary personal development program and it is available to any student at the College. Participating students work with a staff mentor in setting life goals and then recording achievements over a two semester period. Students must set goals in four areas of personal development, which include academic achievements; volunteering or participating in projects that benefit the community or environment; internships or work experience; and finally, personal development in activities such as sports, art, music and so on. The Manager of the ACK Award program, Chris Picone, stated that the first (Bronze) level was being awarded to 12 students, and that 11 other students were being presented with the second (Silver) level for previously obtaining the Bronze level and continuing their participation for an additional period of two semester and completing the necessary requirements. He encouraged the students to remain in the program and aim to obtain the Gold and Platinum level certificates.
Before presenting certificates to the students, ACK’s Dean, Dr Gad Elbeheri, commended participants for their dedication towards personal development and community participation through the ACK Award. He emphasized that it is very important for students to not only use their time at the College to pursue their academic goals but also to become personally involved within the community.
Dr Elbeheri then acknowledged the commitment given by faculty members who have volunteered to mentor students within the ACK Award. In this regard, he thanked the mentors for their monthly meetings with participants during which students discussed and reviewed progress towards their goals.
The recipients of the Bronze level ACK Award were Mohamed Al-Einawi, Aishah Alsabt, Fatemah Al Dufairi, Maria Seriadarian, Mohammad Al-Mahdi, Abdulhameed Hassan, Zuhoor Omar, Lojien Serhan, Khalil Jamous, Salem Alkudhari, Sarah Al-Shatti and Reham Fadhly.
The recipients of the Silver level ACK Award were Ahmad Alkhudari, Dana Binsabt, Ali Faras, Sonia Rashid Dalmiya, Jomana Namavar, Athari Al-Awadhi, Hadi Almutairi, Mashaal Ali, Rubab Ali, Ruqaiya Huseni Jabla and Hissah Al-Salhat.
Certificates were also presented to staff members who were mentors to participants in the ACK Award: Abdullah Al-Mughrabi, Ahmad Ibrahim Ghalib Al-Haj Asaad, Dalya Nabil Fathy Ismael, Rafiq Abdullah Kamal, Dania El-Achmar, Fahad Mallouh and Christine Picone.