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Student stories - Academic

Students awarded scholarships to science forum

Year 12 students Manan Choksi and Mark Hutchinson have been awarded scholarships to attend a prestigious two-week residential science and technology forum.

Designed for high-achieving Year 12 students in Science and Mathematics, the Annual Rotary National Science & Technology Forum aims to give students a taster of tertiary level science and a fuller appreciation of science and technology in the wider community.

Thescholarships will cover most of the cost of the two-week course.

Physics teacher and Curriculum Coordinator for Senior Science Tristan O’Hanlon said the students were nominated by the science department for their outstanding commitment to science subjects.

“As well as achieving exceptional academic results, these two students go above and beyond in involving themselves in opportunities to further their learning in science,” he said.

Mark was part of the IYPT team that placed 1st in Auckland and 4th in NZ. He also runs the primary school science club. Manan has been involved in a number of extracurricular science activities such as the CERN Masterclass. Both students are looking to study engineering or science at University.

Mr O’Hanlon said both students love science and care about scientific issues.

“This forum is a great opportunity to immerse them in an environment with like-minded young people where they can network and explore where their interests may one day lead.”