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RAHN Stavar and Lily-Rose Burgess have been se­lected to at­tend the pres­ti­gious Na­tional Youth Sci­ence Fo­rum in Jan­uary. The Bright P12 Col­lege stu­dents were among 600 young­sters across the coun­try who had to demon­strate aca­demic per­for­mance, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment dur­ing lo­cal and re­gional level in­ter­views con­ducted by Rotary Aus­tralia.

TWO sci­ence-minded Bright P12 Col­lege stu­dents are well on their way to ce­ment­ing their place as to­mor­row’s sci­ence lead­ers.

Year 11 stu­dents Lily-Rose Burgess and Rahn Stavar have suc­cess­fully se­cured a place at the pres­ti­gious Na­tional Youth Sci­ence Fo­rum (NYSF) in 2018.

The NYSF has been de­signed to give year 12 stu­dents an in-depth look and a broader un­der­stand­ing of the di­verse study and ca­reer op­tions avail­able in sci­ence tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics, and to en­cour­age them to con­tinue their stud­ies in these fields.

Founded by Rotary Aus­tralia and with only 600 spots na­tion­wide, stu­dents se­lected for the NYSF must go through two rig­or­ous in­ter­views, both lo­cally and re­gion­ally, and Rotary Club of Bright’s youth ser­vices direc­tor Diana Fel­trin said it was an easy de­ci­sion to en­dorse both Lily-Rose and Rahn.

“The stu­dents were told about the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the NYSF by their chem­istry teacher Libby Dean and both Lily-Rose and Rahn jumped on­line and ap­plied straight away,” she said.

“They then came and had an in­ter­view with a panel of lo­cal Rotary mem­bers and we then made the de­ci­sion to en­dorse Lily-Rose and Rahn.”

Fol­low­ing the lo­cal in­ter­view, both Lily-Rose and Rahn were taken by the Rotary Club of Bright to Shep­par­ton where they faced a panel of three judges dur­ing the re­gional in­ter­view.

“They were both suc­cess­ful and will at­tend the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity in Can­berra in Jan­uary for 12 days,” Mrs Fel­trin said.

“Suc­cess­ful can­di­dates needed to be aca­demic, good com­mu­ni­ca­tors, com­mu­nity minded and have var­ied in­ter­ests and this ex­pe­ri­ence will open many doors for these two bright stu­dents and we are ex­tremely proud of both of them.”

For Lily-Rose, the once-ina-life­time op­por­tu­nity will help her de­cide if her fu­ture lies in pathol­ogy sci­ence or eye­surgery.

“I re­ally couldn’t be­lieve that I was suc­cess­ful at gain­ing a place in the NYSF,” she said.

“We are com­pet­ing for a spot against other year 12 stu­dents na­tion-wide, so I’m ex­tremely happy that I’ll be able to use this amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to gain in­for­ma­tion about what area I want to fo­cus my stud­ies on.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know like-minded stu­dents and I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Bright for sup­port­ing and spon­sor­ing me to at­tend the NYSF, Ms Dean for telling me about it and my par­ents for al­ways sup­port­ing me in my stud­ies.”

For Rahn, whose ca­reer in­ter­ests lie in physics and as­tro­physics, the op­por­tu­nity will hope­fully ce­ment where his study path will take him.

“I think it will re­ally help me find out if that’s what I want to do or it could open up doors to other sci­en­tific fields,” he said.

“I’m also look­ing for­ward to mak­ing in­dus­try con­nec­tions and find­ing out what other op­por­tu­ni­ties there may be.

“I’d also like to say a big thankyou to the Rotary Club of Bright, my par­ents and Ms Dean for all sup­port­ing and help­ing me get there.”

Rotary Club of Bright pres­i­dent Pa­trick O’Shea said the club was more than happy to fi­nan­cially support both Li­lyRose and Rahn to at­tend the 12 day res­i­den­tial sci­ence program at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity in Can­berra in the 2018 Jan­uary school hol­i­days.

“Be­ing ac­cepted into the fo­rum is quite an achieve­ment,” he said.

“It is is a life-chang­ing op­por­tu­nity for kids and one of the largest Rotary youth pro­grams in Aus­tralia.

“We’re in­vest­ing in a brighter fu­ture by con­nect­ing lo­cal kids with such dy­namic Rotary ini­tia­tives, and we know that Lily-Rose and Rahn will be chal­lenged and in­spired by the Sci­ence Fo­rum and we con­grat­u­late them on be­ing se­lected and for dream­ing big.”

The an­nual program has been run­ning since 1984 and for more in­for­ma­tion about the program or any other Rotary sci­ence pro­grams for youth visit www.sci­ence­ex­pe­ri­ence.com , www.nysf.edu.au or con­tact Rotary Club of Bright by email at bright@rotary.org.au.

END­LESS OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES: Rotary Club of Bright youth ser­vices direc­tor Diana Fel­trin (left) helped fa­cil­i­tate the club’s spon­sor­ship of Lily-Rose Burgess (cen­tre) and Rahn Stavar. Li­lyRose and Rahn have been in­vited to morn­ing tea with Vic­to­rian Gov­er­nor Linda Des­sau next Tuesday at Gov­ern­ment House.

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