02 Apr 2019
The Ashman Wins 2019 Alderson Family Award
The Woden School’s Andrew Ashman – student DJ, entertainer and ACT Down Syndrome Association 2019
Alderson Family Award recipient – striking his signature pose as The Ashman. (Photo: Brenton Sloane).
Andrew Ashman was simply born to entertain.
The Woden School’s Year 12 student is enthusiastic about his love of DJing, engaging audiences with his dancing and passion from behind the decks.
Andrew, an integral part of The Woden School’s Party Down Productions team, brings music with him wherever he goes. As his DJing persona ‘The Ashman’, he has hosted countless discos and events for his peers at school.
The Ashman is also branching out, lending his DJ expertise to several recent events outside of the school setting, including the ACT Youth Coalition and the Special Olympics annual awards ceremonies.
“It makes me feel happy,” Andrew said. “I like to disco.”
On Friday, Andrew received an ACT Down Syndrome Association 2019 Alderson Family Award for his entertainment work with his community.
“It’s nice. It’s exciting,” Andrew said of receiving the award.
Executive Teacher at The Woden School Jake Naylor says Andrew has made significant progress in developing his communication skills and his confidence through his music.
The Ashman at the decks with Executive Teacher Jake Naylor at the 2018
YOGIE Awards. (Photo supplied).
“Andrew can manage these events himself and through his DJing has worked to build relationships with people outside of the school community,” Mr Naylor said.
“Showing bravery, confidence, persistence and commitment to his work, Andrew regularly uses his skills to be a positive role model to his peers, by motivating them to get involved and have fun.”
Anyone who has seen Andrew perform knows that this is his passion.
When asked if he wants to continue DJing after he finishes school, Andrew smiled heartily, nodded and struck his signature ‘The Ashman’ pose.
The ACT Down Syndrome Association aims to improve the quality of life for people with Down Syndrome, providing support and information to families and increasing awareness of the abilities and needs of people with Down Syndrome. For more information on the ACTDSA visit here.
Andrew won the Alderson Family Award (13-17 years category)
on Friday night at the Southern Cross Club. Well done Andrew!