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Grafton Midday Rotary sponsoring Charleze Girdler to attend National Youth Science Forum

Midday Rotary is proud to announce that Catherine McAuley College student, Charleze Girdler, is being sponsored to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NFSF) in Canberra in early 2021.

Midday Rotary president, Robert Blanchard, said, “The NYSF Year 12 Program is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields.”

Charleze attended a recent Midday Rotary meeting and explained the reasons for applying for the highly competitive NYSF opportunity: “I have always been fascinated by science. It is just a fact I have known my whole life. I question how the world works and drawn to the answers that science can provide… which is why I was thrilled when I received my acceptance email to the NYSF program.”

“This program dedicated to exposing year 11 students who are thinking about a career in science and engineering and related disciplines to major scientific institutions and researchers. This is a prime opportunity for me. Already we have been informed of some of the people, scientists and professors we will get to meet. Nobel prize winner and astrophysicist, Prof Brian Schmidt, Women in STEM Ambassador and astrophysicist, Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith and broadcaster and ABC Science Show host, Robyn Williams are just some examples.”

“It has also recently been confirmed that we will get a live cross to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, one of the world’s largest and most respected research centres that specialize in nuclear research. I am so excited for this trip and I would like to thank everyone who has supported me.”

“My chemistry teacher for presenting me with this opportunity as well as Midday Rotary Youth Director, Leila Thompson, for supporting my application and my friends and family. Thank you!”

On behalf of Midday Rotary, Mr Blanchard said, “We are so pleased to be supporting Charleze who has demonstrated her love of science and her strong ambitions to forge a career in science. We wish her well with the 2021 Forum and in her chosen career.”