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Celebrating ten years of ACG Sunderland: Hannah Sampson

In 2013, Hannah Sampson was chosen to be Head Girl at ACG Sunderland after having been at the school for just a year.

It was unusual for a student to gain that position so quickly, but showed both her peers’ respect and the confidence of school staff in her abilities, said Deputy Principal Lawrence Stephens who described her as “an intelligent, capable, dedicated, and personable young woman.”

Hannah’s now in her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software Engineering at the University of Auckland. As part of her honours year, she’s looking at future technology in a project that explores virtual reality and hand gesture sensors. She says she’s relishing the challenges and creativity involved in software development – finding solutions to problems and bugs and the logical thinking involved.

Hannah would eventually like to work in a visual, user-interface oriented software engineering role or develop her own games. For now she’s gathering all the experience she can get – including completing two 12-week software engineering internships at Google in Sydney. She has also interned as a Software Security Apprentice at SafeStack, a start-up, learning a lot about security and working on a project that involved building a game for kids using Minecraft for Kiwicon.

Hannah says her time at ACG Sunderland provided her a world of experiences, including teaching her about leadership and supporting her to undertake extracurricular activities. A strong academic, she completed A-Level Chemistry, English Literature, Mathematics and Physics – but Art was her favourite subject.

“It was nice to be able to take a subject that was really different from all the other ones I was taking. It was a lovely creative environment to work and take a break in, especially as it was a very small class so there was heaps of space to paint and explore different media.”

Mr Stephens who taught her Chemistry, said Hannah was the sort of person who was capable handling any situation with thoughtfulness and maturity. He said he wasn’t surprised at her journey so far.

“I am sure she will make a great success of herself both at university and in any future career she decides to pursue. We can’t wait to hear about what she does next.”