Word­smith to forge his ca­reer in law

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

SE­BAS­TIAN Boc­cardo, of River­vale, has his sights set on a law de­gree af­ter win­ning a State award for English last year.

Mr Boc­cardo is a for­mer stu­dent of Ur­sula Frayne Catholic Col­lege in Vic­to­ria Park and said he changed his mind many times about what he wanted to study at a ter­tiary level but pre­par­ing speeches had al­ways been his pas­sion at school.

“I was orig­i­nally think­ing of be­ing an ar­chi­tect, then looked at jour­nal­ism but deep down it didn’t feel right for me; I’d al­ways had law in the back of my mind,” the 18-year-old said.

When he re­searched law at the prompt­ing of one of his English teach­ers, Mr Boc­cardo said he re­alised it was not as chal­leng­ing or staid as he had first thought.

Mr Boc­cardo was the school’s head boy, so he had plenty of op­por­tu­nity to en­hance his public speak­ing skills.

He said he al­ways put a lot of work into his English stud­ies but even more so when he was up against tough com­pe­ti­tion in class.

He never ex­pected to be pre­sented with a Course Ex­hi­bi­tion award for English, mean­ing he achieved the high­est com­bined mark for English in the state.

“When it came to the exam, I walked out not re­ally feel­ing con­fi­dent,” he said. “I thought it was a tough exam.”

He at­trib­uted his suc­cess to the ded­i­ca­tion of se­nior school teacher Mar­garet Rath.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Se­bas­tian Boc­cardo with his for­mer English teacher Mar­garet Rath.

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