Former Suid-Natal High School learner, Ullrich Hechter, will be attending the 42nd International Forestry Student’s Symposium “Our Roots, our Future” in Vancouver from 6 to 21 August.
Hechter, who is currently a third year student at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Saasveld) in George in the Southern Cape, received this exciting news on Sunday, a day after he turned 21.
Hechter, who was chosen as chairperson of the Saasveld Forestry Association earlier this year, is a hard-working young man who is determined to achieve his goals.
During his matric year in 2011, he achieved five distinctions. He then enrolled at NMMU as a Forestry student in 2012 and set himself the goal of representing his campus at the ninth Junior Forester contest in Moscow that year.
He did a presentation on the “Impact of forestry on rural communities” and won himself the trip to Russia. On top of that, he achieved distinctions in all 11 subjects (five first-semester subjects and six second-semester subjects) at the end of his first year at NMMU.
In 2013, he did his experiential training year with SAPPI at Mooiplaas near Melmoth. He was also appointed as Student Information (SI) leader at the beginning of this year, a role that sees him assist first-year students with extra classes in Forest Management.
He has started off 2014 by being elected as class leader, SI leader and chairperson of SFA and is very excited about his upcoming trip abroad.
His younger brother, Heinrich, who is a second year student at NMMU, and who is also a class leader, intends to join his brother on his visit to Canada.
Their proud mother is Port Shepstone SAPS spokesperson Lt. Col. Zandra Wiid.