Isis stu­dent re­ceives $5000 bur­sary

Aleisha proud to re­ceive Peter Do­herty award

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­

AN OUT­STAND­ING stu­dent from Isis Dis­trict State High School has been awarded in the pres­ti­gious Peter Do­herty Awards for Ex­cel­lence in STEM Ed­u­ca­tion.

It recog­nises stu­dents, teach­ers, sup­port of­fi­cers, schools and ed­u­ca­tion partners, vol­un­teers, men­tors and or­gan­i­sa­tions who demon­strate an out­stand­ing and in­no­va­tive con­tri­bu­tion to STEM ed­u­ca­tion in Queens­land.

The awards are named af­ter Pro­fes­sor Peter Do­herty, a Bris­bane-born No­bel Prize-win­ning sci­en­tist who was ed­u­cated at In­dooroop­illy State High School and the Univer­sity of Queens­land.

Prof Peter Do­herty shared the No­bel Prize in Phys­i­ol­ogy in 1996 with Swiss col­league Rolf Zinker­nagel, for their discovery of how the im­mune sys­tem recog­nises virus-in­fected cells.

In 2015, the renowned Peter Do­herty Awards for Ex­cel­lence in Science and Science Ed­u­ca­tion ex­panded and the awards be­came the Peter Do­herty Awards for Ex­cel­lence in STEM Ed­u­ca­tion.

This ac­knowl­edges STEM ed­u­ca­tion as a strate­gic pri­or­ity for the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing.

The Peter Do­herty Awards have a proud record of high­light­ing and rewarding the out­stand­ing science tal­ent in Queens­land ed­u­ca­tion.

In re­cent years, the awards have been ex­panded to recog­nise achieve­ment across the ar­eas of science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics.

Stu­dents were se­lected from more than 100 ap­pli­cants across the state, in­clud­ing state and non-state schools from met­ro­pol­i­tan, ru­ral and re­gional Queens­land.

Isis High School stu­dent Aleisha Thomas was pre­sented with her award and $5000 bur­sary at a cer­e­mony at the Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy last Fri­day. The award was pre­sented by Leeanne Enoch, MP, Min­is­ter for In­no­va­tion, Science and the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy.

This was a proud oc­ca­sion for Miss Thomas, her fam­ily and Isis Dis­trict State High School.

Act­ing prin­ci­pal Chris Gill said Miss Thomas was only the fifth Isis High stu­dent to re­ceive this pres­ti­gious award.

Miss Thomas is cur­rently study­ing in Year 12.

AWARD WIN­NER: Aleisha Thomas wins the Peter Do­herty Award.

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