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Jacinta wins silver at International Science Olympiad

Jacinta Rees, Year 11, and Mrs Alexandra Phillips, Meriden’s Acting Head of Science Department

Year 11 Meriden student, Jacinta Rees, has won a silver medal for Australia at the 2022 International Earth Science Olympiad.

This is the second time Jacinta has represented her country on the world stage after receiving a silver medal as part of Australia’s inaugural International Junior Science Olympiad Team in 2021.

This year, the UNESCO-sanctioned Olympiads, also known as the Olympics Games for science students, was hosted by Italy. Students competed remotely from around the world, completing the highly-challenging theoretical and group examinations over a week-long period.

The prestigious international competition tests participants’ knowledge and skills in all major areas of Earth Sciences, including geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, terrestrial astronomy and environmental science.

After a rigorous year-long selection process that saw over a thousand students from across the country participate, Jacinta was selected as one of eight members of the team. Team Australia competed against the brightest minds of their age group from over thirty-seven countries to claim seventeen medals: five gold, seven silver and five bronze.

Congratulations, Jacinta. The School community looks forward to hearing more about your achievements as you continue to follow your dream of undertaking a career in STEM.

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