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