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Western student wins prestigious STEM award

Western student wins prestigious STEM award (via Qpute.com)


A YEAR 12 Roma student has been recognised for her outstanding and innovative contribution to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Queensland.

St John’s student Amy York won the outstanding senior STEM student category of the Peter Doherty Award and will receive a bursary of $5000.

She will receive her award on August 9 at a Brisbane ceremony hosted by Minister for Education  Grace Grace.

Miss York has been a student at St John’s School since Prep and has always had a strong interest in STEM.

“My teacher, Mr Shields, informed me about this award, so I thought it could be beneficial to apply to assist with my future endeavours in STEM,” Miss York said.

“I would like to pursue a career in computer science as I currently find cyber security and quantum computing interesting areas and would be happy going into either of these fields.”

She plans to go to Australian National University next year to study a double degree in Advanced Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

“I plan to use the bursary to pay for some of the fees associated with my first year of university,” she said.

St John’s teacher, Mr Mark Shields said, “Amy has a great enthusiasm for the STEM area and is always wanting to know more, often doing her own research and going well beyond what is expected of her.

“Amy is achieving exceptionally high results across all her subjects and she willingly gives of her time to help other students in the class when they are having difficulty.”

The awards are named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland.

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