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 email@example.com.
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.