Science whizzes on the right path

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALAN­NAH GREEN­WOOD

As­pir­ing lo­cal science whizzes have been told they could be the key to solv­ing some of the world’s fu­ture prob­lems.

Thirty-one Rive­rina year 11 stu­dents were awarded Vic­tor Chang School Science Awards for their ex­cel­lent achieve­ment and pas­sion for science.

In­cluded among the 31 stu­dents recog­nised for their out­stand­ing achievements were two lo­cal stu­dents – Corowa High School’s Zar­van O’Keefe and Oak­lands Cen­tral School’s Jas­mine Bate­man.

Zar­van and Jas­mine were pre­sented with their awards by Vic­tor Chang Car­diac Re­search In­sti­tute re­search sci­en­tist Dr Christopher Stan­ley at a Rive­rina pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony hosted by Junee High School.

Dr Stan­ley shared his jour­ney in science from an in­quis­i­tive young­ster tin­ker­ing with a chem­istry set to his cur­rent role mak­ing dis­cov­er­ies “that no­body else in the world knows about yet”.

He urged stu­dents to fol­low their pas­sions and dreams of pur­su­ing a ca­reer in science.

Dr Stan­ley re­vealed he had dis­cov­ered chem­i­cals that im­pact on blood pres­sure in cer­tain peo­ple.

“The best part of science is that it al­lows you to con­trib­ute newly dis­cov­ered knowl­edge to the world,” Dr Stan­ley said. “It can make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives.” Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Public School NSW Gra­ham Ka­habka con­grat­u­lated the Vic­tor Chang School Science Award re­cip­i­ents and urg­ing them to con­tinue to ap­ply them­selves to sus­tain their achievements so far.

“Science is the thing that will help us in the fu­ture,” Mr Ka­habka said.

“I’m sure some out of this group here will be peo­ple that will be solv­ing our prob­lems.”

Coota­mundra net­work direc­tor Jenene McGrath said Zar­van is a ma­ture and po­lite stu­dent who puts out­stand­ing ef­fort into all he does.

“He works well both in­de­pen­dently and in groups, and fol­lows in­struc­tions to the let­ter,” she said.

“He ex­cels in prob­lem solv­ing and ap­plies him­self well to all tasks.

“Com­mit­ted and dili­gent, Zar­van demon­strates ex­cel­lent ap­pli­ca­tion to­wards class tasks and his at­ten­tion to de­tail in his prac­ti­cal as­sess­ments is of a high stan­dard.”

Ms McGrath said Zar­van demon­strates very good tech­niques with spe­cialised equip­ment.

“Corowa High School runs a com­pressed cur­ricu­lum and as such Zar­van has completed both Pre­lim­i­nary and HSC cour­ses this past year,” she said.

“He has worked dili­gently to lift his assess­ment per­for­mance and has achieved high or out­stand­ing re­sults in all in­ter­nal assess­ment tasks in HSC Chem­istry.”

Ms McGrath went on to con­grat­u­late Jas­mine who she de­scribed as a self-mo­ti­vated learner.

“Jas­mine is a dili­gent science stu­dent who strives to al­ways achieve her best,” she said.

“She has worked hard to im­prove her science in­ves­ti­ga­tions skills and demon­strates a keen in­ter­est in science the­ory.

“Jas­mine is a self-mo­ti­vated learner and has de­vel­oped ef­fec­tive self-man­age­ment skills through be­ing in­volved in the Rive­rina Ac­cess Part­ner­ship, through which she is ranked near the top in her Year 11 Se­nior Science class.”

Ms McGrath said Jas­mine demon­strates per­sonal drive to achieve high stan­dards in her assess­ment tasks and class work.

“Jas­mine thinks likes a sci­en­tist and has the abil­ity to drive im­por­tant changes for our com­mu­ni­ties if she was to pur­sue a ca­reer in science,” she said.

After hear­ing each of the award win­ners’ ci­ta­tions in his clos­ing re­marks De­niliquin net­work direc­tor Troy Mott con­cluded that each of the stu­dents had not only ex­celled in science but were all-round achiev­ers and lead­ers.

Corowa High Year 11 stu­dent Zar­van O”Keefe was con­grat­u­lated by sci­en­tist Dr Christopher Stan­ley at the Rive­rina Vic­tor Chang School Science Awards.

Oak­lands Cen­tral Year 11 stu­dent, Jas­mine Bate­man was con­grat­u­lated by sci­en­tist Dr Christopher Stan­ley at the Rive­rina Vic­tor Chang School Science Awards.

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