Student shortlisted for top award

A STUDENT from Girvan has been short-listed in the prestigious Lantra Scotland Landbased and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

Rhys Murdoch is one of seven Oatridge College students to be named.

With ages ranging from 17 to 33, the seven will now be interviewed to decide if they go forward to the final round and a glittering presentation ceremony in March 2012.

They follow in the footsteps of former Oatridge students who have taken the overall title six times in the last seven years.

Three of the hopefuls, who face stiff opposition from all around Scotland, are studying horticulture, or have recently graduated, and they are joined by two equine students and two landbased engineers.

Rhys was put forward after excelling on a fast-track engineering course, despite leaving school when he was just 15. Oatridge Principal David James said: “The college has a marvellous record in the Lantra Awards, but this is the first time that we have seen seven of our students shortlisted.

“Competition is always fierce and it has got tougher every year, so we are very proud of all of our nominees. They have done incredibly well to get this far and everyone at Oatridge will be keeping their fingers crossed that they will be among the winners in March.”