Young scientists have right formula

THREE students from All Saints’ College have been selected to attend the prestigious National Youth Science Forum in Canberra next year.

Ben Jones, Charlotte Brew and Jarred Mackay have all been chosen to join other budding scientists from across Australia to hone and develop their skills.

The head of science at the college, Peter O’Neill, said it’s rare for a school to have one student accepted for the program, let alone three.

Mr O’Neill said the forum was a prestigious event which is offered only to high achieving students who are heading  towards a career in science or engineering.

“It’s a very difficult program for students to get into,” he said.

“The students apply on our recommendation, and schools only put forward Year 11 students who can hack it.

“Each student then has to apply to Rotary for a scholarship, and so begins a series of vigorous interviews to try and win one.

“Normally a school is jumping up and down with excitement if one student is accepted, but to have three in one year really is something.”

Mr O’Neill said the last student from All Saints’ to attend the forum was Amanda Burbridge, the dux of the college in 2011.

The students will travel to Canberra in January to attend the forum, which runs for two weeks in the holidays.

Mr O’Neill said the three students all want to pursue careers in science.

“Charlotte wants to do medicine, Benjamin wants to study aeronautical engineering and Jarred wants to get into chemical engineering,” he said. 

Mr O’Neill said all three students were very dedicated.

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