Year 11 students from across the Mid-Western region have been recognised for their scientific prowess with prestigious awards.
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Thomas Loughnan from Mudgee High School, Daniel Potter from Gulgong High School and Ieva Perkons from Kandos High were all recipients of the Victor Chang School Science Award.
Mr Potter and Ms Perkins were among 28 students who travelled to Dubbo from as far east as Lithgow and far west as Lightning Ridge for awards for displaying a passion and commitment to science at a time when participation in subject at schools is declining. Mr Loughnan wasn’t able to attend to receive his award.
Named after the late cardiac surgeon and pioneer of modern heart transplantation, the awards aim to foster development and encourage future generations to carry on Victor Chang’s legacy.
Ms Perkons has been a strong performer in all three sciences, chemistry, physics and biology, despite a late start to the year because of an exchange to Japan.
Her teachers described her as a proactive student, who is highly regarded by her peers and in 2018 she will be a school vice captain.
Mr Potter ranked first in year 11 mathematics and software design and second in physics. A diligent student, his teachers said he was often called up to assist other students during class and study periods.
Dr Ralph Patrick from the institute was on hand to present the awards and said he was impressed with the talent in Western NSW.
“It’s encouraging to hear about the students’ passion. A passion for science generally starts with high school and continues on afterwards,” Dr Patrick said. “It’s also very encouraging to see the support of parents and teachers. They have taken the time to be here and I think that support is just so important.”
As well receiving the prestigious award, winning students were also extended an invitation to join more than 200 other students from across NSW on a tour of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney.
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