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Nigel Sutton to be inducted into Campion College Hall of Fame

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Nigel Sutton

Aeronautical engineer and NASA astronaut candidate finalist, Nigel Sutton, is to be inducted into the Campion College Hall of Fame.

Sutton, along with Food for the Poor executive director Angel Aloma, joins an exclusive list of alumni to be inducted in the school's Hall of Fame.

"I was very surprised and shocked upon hearing the news. This is indeed an honour and I am without words to say how happy I am to be part of this esteemed group. I am very thankful to the Campion College Alumni Association and to my peers who have given me this honour," Sutton said.

Sutton is a vice-president of Orbital ATK, a United States-based multibillion-dollar defence and aerospace company. Prior to his career in the private sector, he served in the US Navy where he rose to the rank of commander and was also a NASA and US Navy Test Pilot School graduate.

The US astronaut programmes takes about 10,000 applicants worldwide from each of the US Armed Forces military departments, such as the Navy. Candidates are then further narrowed down and entered into a final selection round where they go through a very rigorous mental and physical examination. Sutton made it to the final round of selection but was medically disqualified.




"Due to the medical condition at the time, I was disqualified, which was one my biggest disappointments in my life. However, after reflecting, I realised how it was an honour to get that far in the selection process and was proud of being a select few to get the final stage of interviews for the programme," Sutton shared.

"The Campion College ethos of hard work and integrity and its creed shaped my career even to this day. While attending Campion, I learned how to learn from failure, to stay steadfast on my mission and goals, and to continue my focus on excelling in every endeavour that I pursued."

The Campion College Alumni Hall of Fame was started in 1998 and recognises outstanding Campion College alumni who have been making great strides in their respective fields.

The annual Hall of Fame Dinner will be at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel this Friday, with net proceeds from the dinner in aid of the Campion College Alumni Scholarship Fund, which supports the school's needs-based scholarship programme. Tickets to the event are $10,000 each and are available at all Cannonball Cafe locations.