Exceptional Aussie teenagers earn place on world science competition teams

17 of Australia’s brightest high school biologists, chemists, physicists and Earth scientists have earned a place on the 2020 Australia Science Olympiad teams. This is an incredible achievement and one that recognises these students as some of the brightest young scientists in the world.

The young talents will receive a team blazer and feature in an official team announcement video compilation alongside program directors and special guests. The video will reveal each student’s personality and what they get up to when they are not doing science.

Watch the online announcement here

This year almost half the selected students are talented young women – one of whom is only 15 years old, and another three of whom are from Canberra.

Year 12 student Alexandra Vickery from Telopea Park High School in Canberra, who earned a place on the Australian Earth Science team says, “When a high-level science competition was announced, I signed up the same day. I chose to take part in the program because I enjoy science and challenging myself.”

Though the competitions have been significantly disrupted by COVID-19, the Olympians have powered through tough rounds of selection and proven their science talent. The International Biology and Chemistry Olympiads will go ahead through virtual events, while the International Physics Olympiad will instead take place in 2021.

“The Australian Science Olympiads Program provided me an invaluable opportunity for experience and exposure in the field of Biology. The program has given me a head-start to further studies in science and a chance to form connections with like-minded students from around Australia,” says Nicholas Bui from Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Melbourne.

The Year 10, 11 and 12 students come from 14 schools across Australia. They have spent a year in exams and intensive training in preparation for the Olympiads. They have outperformed over 5,000 other students from 295 schools in the qualifying exams, and made the shortlist of 103 students invited to participate in a demanding enrichment program ahead of final selection.

Students with a passion for science and eager to win a place at next year’s competitions are encouraged to register for the Australian Science Olympiad Exams. Registrations are open from 13 July to 19 August. Learn more.

The students selected for the 2020 Australian Science Olympiads teams are:

Australian Biology Olympiad Team
Priya Bahra Year 12 Kambala School NSW
Nicholas Bui Year 12 Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC
Hamish Walker Year 11 Emmanuel Anglican College NSW
Angie Zhou Year 12 Queensland Academy for Health Sciences QLD

Australian Chemistry Olympiad Team
Caleb Hsiung Year 12 Baulkham Hills High School NSW
Richard Huang Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Nicholas Wu Year 12 Melbourne High School VIC
Sariena Ye Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW

Australian Earth Science Olympiad Team
Oscar Dong Year 10 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Frances Kan Year 10 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Bonita Mo Year 11 University High School VIC
Alexandra Vickery Year 11 Narrabundah College ACT

Australian Physics Olympiad Team
Monique Jeacocke Year 12 Canberra Girls Grammar School ACT
Alexander Lin Year 12 The King’s School NSW
Adrian Lo Year 12 Newington College NSW
Maggie Webber Year 12 Dickson College ACT
Isaac Wu Year 12 John Monash Science School VIC