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Victor Chang science awards: our students excel in STEM

Previous Victor Chang School Science award winners.

Excellence in STEM subjects: Previous Victor Chang School Science award winners.

Australia’s international ranking in school science continues to decline, but some Campbelltown students are bucking the trend.

Eleven Year 11 students from the Campbelltown region will tomorrow night be presented with Victor Chang School Science Awards.

Named after the late cardiac surgeon and pioneer of modern heart transplantation, Dr Victor Chang, these awards were established to celebrate young, gifted students and to foster growth in scientific studies.

Victor Chang School Science Awards also help raise community awareness and appreciation of the important contribution scientists can make to our everyday lives.

The local students will be acknowledged at a ceremony in Campbelltown Arts Centre attended by Mayor of Campbelltown, Councillor George Brticevic.

“I’m proud that Campbelltown City Council, through these awards, is playing an important part in fostering the talent of exceptional and passionate science students, and promoting the role of science in the wider community,” he said.

Dr David Humphreys from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, who will also be attending the invitation only function, believes that by guiding and encouraging these students to consider a career in STEM, the legacy of Australian discovery will only become stronger.

“We’ve got such a proud history of discovery and it’s through students like these that the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will continue to flourish in Australia,” he said.

“As a scientist you not only contribute to building knowledge and understanding, but you’re also a driver in economic, environmental, health, social and technological advances. The opportunities are truly endless.”

The winners will join more than 200 students other from across NSW on a tour of the Victor Chang Institute, and have the opportunity to learn first hand from our world renowned scientists.

The local STEM champions in 2016.

The local STEM champions in 2016 with Mayor George Brticevic, who will again be presenting awards on Wednesday evening in the arts centre.

SNAPSHOT

What: Victor Chang School Science Awards, Campbelltown region

When: Wednesday, November 14

Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre

Who: 11 students from 11 schools across Campbelltown. They are:

Macquarie Fields High School – Arjun Ramesh

John Therry Catholic High School – Brooklyn Wright

Broughton Anglican College – William Campos

Ambarvale High School – Zahraa Al Salman

Airds High School – Alyssa Gimbert

St Patrick’s College for Girls – Niamh Gale

St Gregory’s College – Alessandro Comin

Sarah Redfern High School – Leo Min

Campbelltown Performing Arts High School – Courtney Calrow

Ingleburn High School – Dawn Peralta

Thomas Reddall High School – Neha Lal

 

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