Our Lady of Southern Cross College year 11 student Charlotte Crothers has been selected for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in January 2020.

Held at the Australian National University (ANU), the 12-day residential program is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Participants visit laboratories and science and technology facilities, go on site tours, listen to lectures, take part in workshops, attend social events and participate in communication and presentation skill building activities. To gain selection, Charlotte interviewed with local Rotary officials in May and then went on to compete in an extensive selection process held at Fairholme College.

The final selection process included group based teamwork and leadership activities, impromptu public speaking and scientific problem solving activities and further interviews. Charlotte has also successfully secured the endorsement of both the local and regional arms of Rotary to attend the NYSF. Rotary will provide funding to cover part of Charlotte’s costs in attending the forum. As well as being exceptionally academic, Charlotte loves sport. She waterskies, plays touch football and has just started playing netball for the college. She likes to keep her options open and believes that setting goals and working towards achieving those goals is absolutely essential to success. In the future, Charlotte would like to study Biomedical Science and then Medicine, to eventually specialise in Anaesthesiology.

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