Award milestone for student

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Former South Canterbury woman Joanna Buchanan has received an award at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore.
Miss Buchanan was named joint winner of the MLT New Zealand Songwriting Award alongside Katie Thompson and Jenny Mitchell on June 2.
‘‘Obviously, I’m pretty stoked,’’ Buchanan said.
‘‘It’s quite an honour because we were up against some really talented musicians and playing in front of a rather [large] audience.
‘‘The people in the top 10 were really good — it was anyone’s game,’’ she said.
The competition was a milestone for Buchanan, who is studying music at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill.
Through her studies, she gets to spend a lot of her time writing and recording songs.
‘‘It’s going really well,’’ she said of her progress.
Buchanan, who was educated at Geraldine High School, received a Timaru Community Arts Council scholarship valued at $1000 to help with her studies.
Talking to The Courier between classes, she said the scholarship had helped her and thanked those involved in selecting her for the accolade in 2013.
The scholarship money was raised by members of the arts council via a range of initiatives including raffles, fashion shows and movie nights.