Meriden students recognised for achievements in Science, Technology and Sport

29 May 2017

Ten Meriden students were recognised for excellence in their respective fields at the annual presentation of Youth Achievement Awards held on 24 May 2017 at Strathfield Golf Club.

An initiative of Strathfield Council and the Rotary Club of Strathfield, the Awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements of young people who either live or go to school in the Strathfield municipality.

Meriden students claimed three awards in the Science and Technology category and three awards in the Sport category.

Claire Zhao, Year 12, was awarded the Science and Technology Major Award in recognition of her achievements in Science.  Claire’s accomplishments include winning a gold medal in the 2016 Physics Olympiad and a silver medal in the Chemistry Olympiad. In addition, Claire was one of an elite group of Science students selected to attend the 2017 National Youth Science Forum.

Minor Awards in Science and Technology were awarded to Year 11 students Kate Carey and Lily Yang. Kate has received a string of awards for her invention of a security screen held in place by electromagnets.  She is a recipient of the STA Young Scientist Award and CSIRO Silver Crest Award, a semi-finalist in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards and runner-up in the University of Wollongong STEM Science Competition.  In 2016, Lily Yang was selected to represent Australia in the Broadcom Masters International Program for her research project on the effects of taste on memory.  Lily joined twenty-four top Science students from sixteen countries for the program which was held in Phoenix, Arizona, alongside the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In recent years, Lily has been the recipient of the STA Young Scientist of the Year Award, the CSIRO Silver Crest Award and was awarded High Distinction in the Big Science Competition.

Meriden students collected a number of awards in the Sport category of the Youth Achievement Awards.  The award for significant achievements by an individual in a sport was presented to Year 12 students Abbey Freeman and Inde Halligan. Abbey and Inde have achieved at an exceptional level in Water Polo, representing NSW and Australia in the sport.  Over the past twelve months Inde has been a member of winning school, club, state and national teams and has been instrumental in guiding her teams to victory.  Abbey has recently been awarded a full scholarship to Arizona State University which she will take up in 2018.

The Team Sport Award went to the Meriden Tennis Team (Gold).  The team has a phenomenal record of success.  In 2016, Meriden claimed victory at the School Sport Australia Tennis Championships for a record-breaking sixth time and, earlier this year, Meriden won the Tildesley Tennis Shield for the eighth consecutive year.  Team members Violet Apisah, Patricia Apisah, Zoe Tanti, Jessica Stanmore and Kamaki Ido all have junior ITF rankings and are trained by an outstanding team of coaches under the direction of Head Coach, Mr Ross Anton.