Science whizzes on right path

November 17, 2016

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

Aspiring local science wizzes 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.

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