YiJie selected for Olympiads 2017
Young innovators of future picked for world Science Olympiads
Teams announcement at Parliament House, Canberra, 19 June 2017
Seventeen of Australia’s best student biologists, chemists, physicists and Earth scientists have made the teams to represent Australia at the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads in July and August. They will compete in the world’s toughest science competitions against some of the smartest kids in the world.
YiJie Neo from John Monash Science School is one of the 17 talented young science students selected. YiJie will compete at the International Earth Science Olympiad in France in August. She received her Australian Team blazer at a teams’ announcement ceremony at Parliament House Canberra on 19th June with senator The Hon Arthur Sinodinos, parents, teachers, academics, Olympiad alumni and officials.
YiJie Neo is School Vice Captain at John Monash Science Schools, and an avid musician, recently part of the JMSS band to place second in Division 4.1 at the Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz competition 2017.
YiJie Neo was accepted into the Australian Environmental and Earth Sciences Olympiad Summer Training School at ANU Canberra in January 2017. She was also a Medal Winner in the ICAS English Competition, Senior Division. YiJie also gained High Distinctions and was a Medal Winner in the nationwide Australian Olympiad Biology competition.
YiJie is a member of the JMSS Slam Poetry team, winning the OutLoud Teen Poetry Slam State Finals in 2016. YiJie was part of the four-person JMSS team to win a Distinction (Top 12) at the Singapore International Maths Challenge in 2016.
The Year 11 and 12 students picked to compete this year represent 12 schools from NSW, VIC, QLD and the ACT. They have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They outperformed 5,015 other students from more than 300 schools in the qualifying exams, making a shortlist of 93 t to attend a two-week summer school at the Australian National University in preparation for the Olympiads.
The students will test their skills against the world’s best in competitions taking place in England (Biology), Thailand (Chemistry), France (Earth Science) and Indonesia (Physics).
“The Australian Science Olympiads program is future-proofing Australia’s pipeline of problem-solvers, innovators and game changers. It captures the attention of high-achieving students at a critical stage, exposing them to advanced learning at an international level. For most, it marks the beginning of a successful future in STEM,” says Professor Ian Chubb, former Chief Scientist and Patron of Australian Science Innovations.
Students wanting to challenge themselves at next year’s International Science Olympiads can register for the Australian Science Olympiad Exams by Wednesday 19 July at www.asi.edu.au.
The Australian Science Olympiads program is run by non-profit Australian Science Innovations and funded through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, with support from the Australian National University.
The Australian team members for the International Science Olympiads are:
International Biology Olympiad
20 to 23 July, Coventry, England
Angus Cramond Year 12 Balwyn High School VIC
Katherine Johnson Year 12 North Sydney Girls High School NSW
Anne Pham Year 12 Balwyn High School VIC
Anna Sing Year 12 The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School VIC
International Chemistry Olympiad
6 to 15 July, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
Ada Fang Year 12 Sydney Girls High School NSW
Ivan Hou Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Brandon Lee Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Dylan Siow-Lee Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
International Physics Olympiad
16 to 24 July, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Bentley Carr Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Stephen Liu Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Yuyu Ma Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Nishka Tapaswi Year 12 Hornsby Girls’ High School NSW
Claire Yung Year 12 Narrabundah College ACT
International Earth Science Olympiad
22 to 29 August, Côte d’Azur, France
Jemima Jeffree Year 11 Indooroopilly State High School QLD
Joshua Lee Year 12 Barker College NSW
YiJie Neo Year 12 John Monash Science School VIC
Chen Zhou Year 12 North Sydney Boys High School NSW
Learn more about the Australian Science Olympiad Competition at: www.asi.edu.au