The 2014 KSU Kokka Awards Night was held last night in the Old University building in Valletta in what was not only a celebration of the work achieved by student organizations this past year, but also a swansong for the current KSU executive, this being the last event they will organize. After an introduction speech by outgoing KSU President Thomas Bugeja who praised the attendants and all the student organizations at the University of Malta for their hard work and dedication, the CEO of the University of Malta Research, Innovation & Development Trust (RIDT) took to the stand. He congratulated a team of ten students, including outgoing KSU Education Commissioner Malcolm Zammit, for their pioneering initiative in donating their laboratory precautionary money to the RIDT.
Outgoing Culture and Entertainment Officer and new KSU President Gayle-Lynn Callus as well as outgoing Culture and Entertainment Coordinator Luke Azzopardi also gave a few light words before handing out the awards along with their respective replacements in KSU, Steve Sammut Alessi and Becky Camilleri. The winners of the 2014 KSU Kokka Night are as follows: The Kokka Akkademika for the student who has displayed most academic excellence was awarded to Caroline Nabbe. The Kokka Attivita’ for the most successful event planned by an organization was awarded to GHMU for the Lehen il-Malti event. The Kokka Branding for the organization with the best overall branding was awarded to UESA. The Kokka Attiva for the student most active in KSU events and activities was awarded to Mina Tolu. The Kokka Filantropika for the most philanthropic campaign by an organization was awarded to SDM’s Project 7000. The Kokka Habrieka for the student who dedicated a significant amount of time to help out a student or an organization was awarded to Tara Giacchino. The Kokka Innovattiva for the student or organization who had come with the most innovative project was awarded to SACES. The Kokka Internazzjonali for the international student who was most involved in local activities was awarded to Paul Igoe. The Kokka Kulturali for the organization who showed the greatest participation in KSU’s artistic and cultural events was awarded to GUG and their Gozo Week event. The Kokka Onorarja for KSU Alumni was awarded to Annalisa Schembri. The Kokka Kollaborazzjoni for the most successful event on campus that involved the close collaboration between two or more organizations was awarded to the ‘Multidisciplinary Approach to Healthcare’, a joint collaboration by ADS, Betapsi, MPSA, OSQ, MMSA, and MHSA, The Kokka Organizazzjoni for the most active student organization was awarded to ELSA. The Kokka Paprata for the student or organization who went through the most embarrassing event was awarded to GSN. The Kokka Qalbiena for the student who was particularly involved in charity and voluntary events was awarded to Matthew Bonello. The Kokka Talent for the student who displayed the most artistic talent was awarded to Celaine Vella. The Kokka Tas-Sena for the student who showed the most holistic excellence in his/her university life was awarded to Chris Bergedahl. The Kokka Sportiva for the person who worked hardest to promote sports on campus was awarded to Julian Bonello. The Kokka Professur for the lecturer who worked hardest to educate his students and who excels at teaching was awarded to Dr. Sandro Lanfranco. Rather than the traditional owl figurines, the awards this year consisted of plates. *Photos: Albert Camilleri*