LOUIS STUDENT JOINS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
St Louis student Hannah Pheifer scored so highly in both Maths and Science this year in the Junior Cert that she has been chosen to represent the school in the Irish Junior Science Olympiad in November.
Six students will be chosen from this group to represent Ireland at the European Union Science Olympiad in Portugal in 2019.
Principal Michelle Dolan explained: ‘In recent years, Governments across the world have placed a particular emphasis on improving the quality of education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This reflects the critical importance of STEM disciplines for modern society. Here in St Louis we have always placed a strong emphasis on this. We encourage our students by making Science compulsory in First Year and we offer Chemistry, Physics, Technology and Biology at Senior Cycle. I am delighted with Hannah’s results which reflect our commitment to this subject area.’
The Irish European Union Science Olympiad (IrEUSO) is an individual, subject based (biology, chemistry or physics) science competition for students who are sixteen years of age or younger on the December 31st prior to the competition. In order to prepare for the tests, students are encouraged to read around their chosen subject area. Students will be presented with material that they may not have met in school but they are required to use their scientific reasoning skills, problem-solv- ing abilities and knowledge to solve the problems.
Hannah’s parents are delighted with her selection. ‘We are so proud of her. She worked hard for her exams but never gave up on her extra-curricular activities. She is involved in everything from public speaking to debating to chamber music and orchestra to choir.’