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Sebastian’s redemption in School’s Auction competition


2017’s installment of the Schools Auction competition was a story of redemption for Cornerstone College’s, Sebastian Brook.

The year 11 student competed for the first time the year prior, making it all the way to the finals but unfortunately fell to eventual winner Isaiah Fabbro of Pultney Grammar at the final hurdle.

This year though, Sebastian went one step further and was crowned the winner after beating out 5 other competitors from around Adelaide, taking out the title that had evaded him in 2016.

“It feels very fulfilling.” Sebastian told SA Real Estate News via email, “Having made it into the finals in 2016, then putting in the hard work and getting to the top this year, made all the hard work worthwhile. This year was about finishing what I had started last year, getting into the finals, and giving it a red-hot crack at trying to win the competition.”

Sebastian said he was feeling nervous on the walk up to the stage, but once he stood in front of the judges it was his time to shine.

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“The nerves didn’t really kick in until I walked out of the holding room and received the Vendors instructions. The 50-meter walk to the building in which it was held was the worst, but once I greeted Lindsay inside I said to myself, ‘It’s show time. I have roughly 10 minutes to impress the judges – so give it all you got.”

Sebastian became involved in the competition after attending a lunchtime workshop, which was conducted by fellow Mount Barker resident and industry veteran Sandra Berry. Sandra would eventually go on to mentor Sebastian in both the years he has participated in the competition.

“In 2016, the pathways coordinator at Cornerstone gave the opportunity for any student to come to workshops at lunchtimes to learn a bit about real estate. I thought this was a golden opportunity to learn about investing in property. I attended the workshop and by the end of the session Sandra had convinced me and another lad to do the competition,” he said.

“Sandra taught me everything from the rules of auction to being able to scrape every last cent out of the buyers. She taught me to engage with the crowd and to make the Auction a ‘performance’. I entered the heats not thinking I would do very well, but I got into the finals.”

With 2018 marking Sebastian’s final year of High School, he has the opportunity to defend his title on his home soil of Cornerstone.

But once his high schooling comes to a close, Sebastian said that the real industry is now an enticing career path after his experiences in the School’s Auction competition.

“I have come to the conclusion that being an auctioneer is quite fun, and the skills involved in being an auctioneer will help me indefinitely. Becoming a licensed sales person is also on the cards.”