Excelling in the sciences

Left — Michaela Jenkins - Stevenson and right — Nakita Corfield have been accepted into Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy

Two Dargaville High School Year 13 science students have been accepted into the Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy.

Michaela Jenkins-Stevenson and Nakita Corfield, both 17, travelled to Otago University in January to take part in an all-expenses-paid week-long programme and will participate in another one in July.

“We are very proud of our students and this shows we can compete with much bigger schools,” said careers adviser Julie Chiaroni.

“Otago is beautifully equipped for science, so it’s great they could experience that.”

The two students were selected because of their consistently high grades in their science subjects. Only around 60 students from all over New Zealand are invited to take part in this prestigious academy each year.

Michaela chose to spend time in the chemistry and zoology department, whilst Nakita chose the physics and mathematics part of the university.

“It was a good experience because it gave me a bit more of an idea about what I wanted to do. There are so many options,” said Nakita. “The most exciting part of it for me was seeing how science could be put into the museum.”

Michaela said the trip introduced her to the idea of science communications as a possible area of interest and she would like to attend Otago University when she finishes high school.

The programme will offer ongoing support online throughout the year.


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