In fi­nal cut for stu­dent of the year

South Western Times - - NEWS - LIN­COLN BERTELLI

HAIR­DRESSER Nathan San­ford will find out to­mor­row night whether he has been judged the South West In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s Stu­dent of the Year.

The 20-year-old is one of three stu­dents from SWIT’s Bun­bury cam­pus who won awards for sub­jects to vie for the over­all hon­our against the best stu­dents at SWIT’s other cam­puses.

Mr San­ford’s award was for the busi­ness and ser­vices learn­ing area. “It was good be­cause at TAFE we were all friends so it was ex­cit- ing to achieve some­thing above what I ex­pected,” he said.

“I was told the award was for re­ally work­ing as a team mem­ber and help­ing ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing other stu­dents.”

Mr San­ford has just com­pleted an ap­pren­tice­ship at Eaton Sa­lon for Hair and Beauty and thanked his em­ployer along­side his SWIT lec­tur­ers.

Hair­dress­ing is a long-stand­ing pas­sion for Mr San­ford, who has been set on a ca­reer in the in­dus­try since Year 2 at pri­mary school.

He was the re­gional win­ner of last year’s WorldSkill­s com­peti- tion and rep­re­sented West­ern Australia at the na­tional event.

Mr San­ford will be up against two other con­tenders from Bun­bury – trades and para­pro­fes­sion­als stu­dent Steven Glas­son and health and science stu­dent Suganya Balakr­ish­nan – for the over­all SWIT prize.

SWIT man­ag­ing direc­tor Dun­can An­der­son con­grat­u­lated all three stu­dents nom­i­nated for the ma­jor award.

“We are very proud of our nom­i­nees for ex­celling in their stud­ies and suc­cess­fully demon­strat­ing their knowl­edge and skills in the work­place,” Mr An­der­son said. “They are role mod­els for all stu­dents and the wider com­mu­nity of what can be achieved with the In­sti­tute’s train­ing sup­port and ex­per­tise to help peo­ple reach their goals be­yond the class­room.

“I wish them all the very best for what the fu­ture may bring them.”

For Mr San­ford, win­ning the over­all prize at to­mor­row night’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony would cap off his stud­ies.

“It would be awe­some, ac­tu­ally,” he said. “It’s the best achieve­ment you can get and would be a re­ward for all my ef­fort and study.”

PIC­TURE: DAVID BAI­LEY

Hair­dresser Nathan San­ford is a fi­nal­ist for South West In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s top stu­dent award, to be an­nounced to­mor­row night.

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