The prestigious Victor Chang School Science Awards were presented to 13 Year 11 students from the Western NSW region for excellence in the field of science. Sophie Cowan of Forbes High School (FHS) was one such recipient to receive the esteemed award at a presentation ceremony held at the end of November in Dubbo.
Showing promise in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), these bright students have continued to challenge themselves in the classroom.
“Sophie is a student who has consistently worked to achieve her best in all areas of study. She has researched and produced a biology depth study of exemplary standard, providing knowledge and insight far above her peers,” said Toni Edwards, FHS Head Teacher Science/Agriculture.
“Sophie is always positive, quiet, diligent and confident in her work, assisting others when needed. Her calm demeanour provides an environment for others to feel comfortable and confident during group settings.
“She is both respectful and responsible, leading by example in all facets of course work. She has been placed first in Biology at Forbes High School, having achieved two perfect scores for assessments this year,” said Toni.
Named after the late cardiac surgeon and pioneer of modern heart transplantation, Dr Victor Chang, these awards were established to celebrate young, gifted studentsand to foster growth in scientific studies.
The Victor Chang School Science Awards help raise community awareness and appreciation of the important contribution scientists can make to our everyday lives.
Dr Alastair Stewart from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute believes that by guiding and encouraging these students to consider a career in STEM, the legacy of Australian discovery will only become stronger.
The winners will join more than 200 students from across NSW on a tour of the Victor Chang Institute, and have the opportunity to learn first-hand from our world renowned scientists.