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Science student on international stage

Monday, 12th April, 2010

* Patrick Ward, BH High School head science teacher Bob Dyson, incoming Broken Hill Rotary president Chris Anderson and Ross Clark. * Patrick Ward, BH High School head science teacher Bob Dyson, incoming Broken Hill Rotary president Chris Anderson and Ross Clark.

A local school student was one of six youngsters chosen to attend a science event in Canada next month.

Patrick Ward, a year 12 student at the Broken Hill High School, will leave for Peterborough, Ontario, in May. As part of the two-week tour he will attend Canada's premier youth science event, the Canada Wide Science Fair. The fair is actually the final of an annual competition in which around 500 Canadian students participate.

Patrick will also visit primary and high schools and take a week-long tour of the Rocky Mountains. He was picked to go to Canada after he took part in the National Youth Science Forum in January. Retired BHHS head science teacher Ross Clark said it was tough to be chosen to attend an international event.

Mr Clark said students were selected and interviewed at various levels and were chosen not only on their science abilities but also on their all-round qualities, including community involvement, sport, music, art and public speaking. "They want a complete person," he said.

Mr Clark also said history showed that being chosen for an international tour set students up for a good career."Without exception students who have attended the forum have been highly enthusiastic and praiseworthy of their experience with many going on to notable careers in science and related fields," he said.

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