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.’

Han­nah Pheifer.

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