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Ellysia does it again

Monday, 14th September, 2009

Local teenager Ellysia Oldsen has won a second national science competition in as many weeks.

The year eight student at Willyama High School was selected as a winner in the National Trust of Australia Schools Competition in the Science and Technology category for stage 4.

Ellysia submitted a poster and background information on Gravitational Wave Astronomy to claim the prize, which will see $500 donated to Willyama High School in recognition of her win. Science Head Teacher Lesley Black and Principal Tony Hicks said the money would be used to buy equipment for the schools' new science labs to be built with money from the Federal Government. The donation comes on top of the telescope Ellysia won for the school when she was announced as the winner of the National "Science for a Better Life" competition earlier this month. Mrs Black said Ellysia's work ethic was commendable. "She's the top science student in year eight. She's really highly motivated." "Everyone's really proud of her," Mr Hicks said. "The whole school is." Thirteen-year-old Ellysia said she did have a keen interest in science and was pleased with the win. "I was over the moon. I was really excited. It was a good opportunity to be involved." Involvement is certainly something the teenager knows plenty about. As well as success academically, Ellysia sings, dances and is a champion swimmer. She rises at 5.30am almost every day and is in the pool doing laps by 6am. "It gets me more alert for school. My coach always says that." Ellysia will also be competing in the Schools Sport Australian National Swimming Championships in Perth this week.

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